L1 Visa Checklist

Benefits of our L1 Visa Checklist:

  1. Use our L1 Visa Checklist to complete your immigration petition with all the required documents.  It can be devastating to get a denial of your immigration petition or Request for Evidence (RFE) which can significantly delay your approval.
  2. Gather all of your evidence and documents in one place.  It will save you lots of time later as you prepare your immigration petition and supporting documentation.
  3. Identify areas where you may need to have more evidence to obtain approval of your petition by USCIS.


L1 Visa Checklist


  • I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (Either a U.S. or foreign employer may file the petition); and
  • The L Classification Supplement to Form I-129.
  • DS-160, Non-immigrant Visa Application



  • Make sure the petition is properly signed and filed. USCIS will not accept a stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature.



Note: Check current fees as they may change: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-fees

  • $460 Filing Fee for Form I-129.
  • $500 for fraud prevention and $4,500 detection fee (if applicable) paid by Employer.
  • Optional $2500 USCIS Premium Processing fee, if you want to expedite the processing.  USCIS must  reply or make a decision  within 15 calendar days after receiving submission.
  • $190 for the DS-160.
  • Make the check or money order for the USCIS filing fees payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” Do not use the initials “USDHS” or “DHS.” 



Note: You may submit legible photocopies of documents requested, unless the Instructions specifically state that you must submit an original document.



  • Copies of all passports and visas;
  • I-94;
  • Birth Certificates;
  • Social Security Cards, if applicable;
  • Marriage Certificate, if applicable;
  • State ID; 
  • Proof of legal name change, if you have changed your name; and
  • All identification documents of dependents if applicable.



  • Evidence Beneficiary has maintained lawful status (if applicable);
  • Evidence of the qualifying relationship between the U.S. and foreign employer based on ownership and control;
  • A description of the proposed job duties and qualifications; and
  • Letter from Employer confirming employment.



  • Copies of any Employment Authorization Documents;
  • If a student, include I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status; and
  • Any other immigration related documents showing a previous immigration visa or current valid immigration status.



All foreign documents should be translated into English by someone who is sufficient as required by USCIS.

  • Evidence the proposed employment is in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity; and
  • Evidence that the Beneficiary’s employment for the required one year abroad is in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity (as applicable).


Evidence for a New Office

For managerial or executive capacity (L-1A): 

  • Sufficient physical premises to house the new office have been secured; 
  • The Beneficiary has been employed for 1 continuous year in the 3-year period preceding the filing of the petition in an executive or managerial capacity and that the proposed employment involves executive or managerial authority over the new operation; and 
  • The intended U.S. operation, within 1 year of approval, will support an executive or managerial position. This statement (or business plan) should be supported by information regarding: 
  • The proposed nature of the office describing the scope of the entity, its organizational structure, and its financial goals; 
  • The size of the United States investment and the foreign entity’s financial ability to remunerate the beneficiary and to commence doing business in the United States; and
  • The organizational structure of the foreign entity. 


For specialized knowledge capacity (L-1B): 

  • Sufficient physical premises to house the new office have been secured; and 
  • The petitioner has the financial ability to remunerate the beneficiary and to commence doing business in the United States.



  • The visa interview appointment letter;
  • The DS-160 visa application confirmation page;
  • The DS-160 visa application fee receipt;
  • A valid passport with at least 6 months left prior to its expiry;
  • Any old passports;
  • Most recent resume or CV;
  • Two recent color photographs of your face;
  • A copy of the I-129 petition submitted to USCIS;
  • The I-797 approval notice from USCIS; and
  • A letter from employer to the consulate requesting an L1 visa.

Retaining an L1 Visa lawyer with experience and knowledge of the process is absolutely necessary when handling such important immigration visa matters.