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Approved L1B petition, L1A RFE response in process and H1B lottery - NEED ADVICE
Hello All,
I have a approved L1B petition with validity of 8 months only and is going to expire in Jan 2022, that's why my company filed for L1A via premium processing route and recently received an RFE. Also I got picked in second H1B lottery happened in July 2021.
For my H1B application, should I show my specialization as per L1B petition or my Management expertise as per L1A application - Just worried if different job description in these application will cause any issues? Not sure if USCIS do a compare between different application form from same individual or not??

I work as a Technical Manager for a Mid size IT firm.

Appreciate your response.
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L1 A Individual Visa Eligibility Check
Having 11 Years of total experience out of which Manager Role is of 1 Year . Currently Managing team of 5 members in India.
Proposed US Role: Senior Manager who will have 8 resources at US and 4 resources at INDIA.

Q1 : May I know If I get L1A Individual approval?
Q2: If My Organization file petition by September mid this year via Premium Processing , how much time it will get for approval?
Q3: As Interview slots are not available currently .. Is it taking whole process to complete more than a year?

Please assist me for the same.

Thanks & Regards
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L1A VISA Appointment Help
I am been trying to schedule an appointment. I can see the dates for VFC appointment but I am not seeing any dates for consular appointment. Anyone facing same? Any thoughts on when will consulate open?. In the current situation - Any tips on how one can look for the available slots and make an appointments?

Another q: I can change the location for VCF appointment but when I can go to consular appointment page, I don't see other locations showing up in the drop down? It just shows as Chennai. Is it possible to change the location for consular appointments without creating new DS-160?
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L1A Visa Help
I am having 3.7 years of total experience, out of which 2 + years in a managerial role. Currently managing a team of 10 + in India. May I know if I can get L1A approved? I have to transfer to a senior managerial role in the US.
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L1A Blanket Approved @Chennai- July 12th
This is going to be a long post but I'm hoping to answer some questions I personally had before the interview and some others that I saw on this forum.

Appointment Background:

Originally had the appointment scheduled for April 21st (Biometrics) and 22nd (Interview). On the morning of the 21st I received an email that all visa appointments were canceled starting April 22nd. I was extremely disappointed since I had already flown into Chennai and had waited months for the previous Presidential Ban to end. I went for the Biometrics appointment anyway and completed that.
Looked for appointments in the few days and was able to get an appointment for May 25th. However, that also got cancelled eventually. Rescheduled again for August. Since then I've been checking the website at least 1-2 times a day to see if any earlier appointments open up. Got lucky last week and saw an appointment for July 12th morning. Booked the appointment and immediately emailed my employer and attorney to prepare an NIE support letter.

At the Appointment:
My appointment was at 9.30 and I probably got there are 9.20. The 9.30 line had already started forming but we eventually still waited for approximately 45min/1 hr before going in. As everyone else has mentioned here there is no point getting there early. There are tons of student interviews happening and the lines are really long. Unfortunately until you get inside there is no separate line for other visa categories, though I did see security pulling out families and sending them directly in.

Once you are inside, the the staff member will ask L1 applicants to sort their documents in the order 3 sets of I129, I797 and your passport and staple them. You will then be sent to the next building for payment of Fraud detection fee and the interview. In the next building, you will be sent to window 32 for fee payment. Once that is complete, another staff member will either ask you to wait for the next available window. Again, most of the interviews happening around were student. I wanted to avoid listening to other interviews but it's almost impossible. There were two L1B blanket interviews just before me and they both were approved.


VO: Good morning
Me: Good morning
VO: So you are here for a L1A blanket interview
Me: Yes
VO: What will be your pay
Me: 1XX,000 + Bonus + Stock Options
VO: How many years have you worked with your employer
Me: Close to 7 yrs
VO: How many years have you worked in the US
Me: 6 years (I was previously on H1) (I was also on F1+ F1 OPT before that but the VO did not ask anything about that)
VO: So essentially you've been in India for about 1.5 years now
Me: Yes
VO: What will be your title?
Me: Director of XYZ (This was a really long title specific to my group in the company and the VO was confused)
VO: Sorry, can you say that again
Me: Repeated slowly. Said it is similar to Director of ABC
VO: Why do you need to be in the US?
Me: I need to work with my clients for XYZ reasons (not an end client relationship) and also lead a team that is all based in the US
VO: How many direct reports do you have
Me: 4, and their titles
VO: Any indirect reports?
Me: None
VO: When do you plan to travel
Me: End of the month (I did not have any tickets booked). At this point I felt he the visa officer was about to approve my application if he was asking about my travel dates
VO: Were you born in India
Me: Yes
VO: Do you work with data that cannot be accessed outside of US
Me: No, while I do work with some PII data I'm not restricted from accessing it outside of the US
After this the VO took a what seemed like a long time to type something. I thought that the last question would make the VO deny my visa or NIE.

After a min, the VO said your visa is approved and handed me 2 stamped copies of the I129.
I told him that I had a support letter from my organization for NIE. He said that he already applied for my NIE but the decision wasn't his. But he was fairly confident given my application that it would be approved.

I just got my passport today through BlueDart (less than 48 hours after my interview) with the Stamped visa and it has an annotation : 'NIE under all PPS for novel Coronavirus'. There was also a slip that mentioned the NIE is valid for 12 months and allows multiple entries.
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has anyone tried NIE on L1?
Hello Folks,

In the view of travel restrictions, has anyone tried to take National Interest Exception on L1? if yes, can you please share your experience? what is the process? How should we prepare for NIE? what happens if NIE denied?

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L1 visa appointment in Vancouver cancelled
Hi All

My wife had a L1 visa appointment scheduled for August 9 in Vancouver. She was planning to travel to Canada (from India) this weekend but we just went back into the visa appointment portal and the appointment was gone. She didnt even receive an email. We called the Vancouver embassy this morning and they said they've cancelled all regular appointments for August.
We are so lost and dont know what to do.
Has anyone had a similar experience and know of any options we might have?
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L1 dilemma !! Max out date
Dear All ,

I need the experts thoughts here . My 7 years Max out date is next month (including out of US dates ) , however my passport is struck with the Canada embassy and not sure if i will receive it by then .
So can i extend the US stay to 15 to 20 days until my passport is back from Canada embassy
My i94 and Visa is valid until next year , as i got converted from L1b to L1a and they have provided 5 year Visa again , therefore its even crossing 7 years total term .
What options i have
should i apply for extension ? I-539 , or i can afford to say upto 60 days or so .
Any other solution ?

thanks again folks ! and good luck to your Visa and Immigration, whatever you are doing :-)
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B1/B2 to L2 conversion in USA
Need help,I have L1 visa and I am planning to travel in August but my husband is yet to get his L2 visa and since embassy is closed it does not look like he will get his visa stamped by August.
He has B1/B2 visa,can he travel on B1/B2 visa with me and from USA can he apply for L2 hoping embassies will be open there.
Please suggest the feasibility and procedure to get this conversion of Visa in USA.
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Fresh L1A visa
For fresh visa can we book interview slots now in India or should we wait for the ban to be lifted? Can someone please clarify. I don’t qualify for NIE.

Can I attend the visa interview? I understand we can’t travel now.
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