How long does it take to get L1 visa?

It is a very common question that I get from readers all over the world who are contemplating a transfer/relocation to the United States as an employee of a foreign corporation.  The simple answer is that if your application is complete, if your employer is genuine and has no past record of abuse, and if you come from a country where there is less or no visa abuse (countries like India are the worst offenders of the L-1 visa category), then the process is really just weeks or maybe a month or two.  So in general applicants from the European Union or Asian countries like Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, especially if they work for a global firm may see their applications processed within weeks.  Executives from countries like India, China, etc. may see a lot longer processing times and more intensive questioning.

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