Zach Ahlstrom, an Associate Attorney with Berardi Immigration Law, recently had a successful L-1B application presented to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge port of entry located in Buffalo, New York. The L-1B visa, unlike the more common L-1A visa, allows a U.S. employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge relating directly to the organization’s interests from one of its properly affiliated foreign offices.
There are three basic requirements for an L-1B application. First, we must show that the individual was employed by an affiliated foreign entity for at least one full year of the last three in a specialized knowledge position. Second, we need to show that the individual is entering the U.S. to engage in a specialized knowledge position for the U.S. affiliated entity. Lastly, we need to prove that the individual actually possesses this specialized knowledge. For this application, we provided training manuals, a letter from human resources confirming the individual’s specialized training, and special training certificates that the individual received from training courses over the years.