L-1 visa applicants need to show that their transfer is vital to the company’s success in the U.S. That’s why including a business plan can help strengthen your case for application approval. Even though the USCIS doesn’t specifically require business plans with L-1 visa applications, they are an added benefit that can help make your case.
An L-1 visa business plan can make your immigration case.
Professionally Prepared L-1 Business Plan
L-1 visas are for managers, executives or specialized employees who are making an intracompany transfer to the U.S. An L-1 business plan should be written specifically for the USCIS officer reviewing your application. It needs to explain why you should be approved to immigrate to the country and continue working for your company and show why you are the person that should do it, not someone currently living in the U.S.
What Goes Into an L-1 Business Plan
When creating a business plan for a USCIS officer, it should be professionally prepared and presented, in clear language with no grammatical or spelling errors. It also needs to be understood by someone who is not in your industry. An L-1 business plan is different than traditional business plans in that it is not helping launch or expand a business, but helping secure an immigration visa. It needs to meet certain requirements that other plans may not.
Describe the who, what and how of your business. Discuss the same things you would in a business summary for other business plans, but also include information on the foreign company’s business model. This helps USCIS understand the financial stability and how you can grow a business in the U.S. When discussing foreign currencies in the financial information section, convert it to USD and include the exchange rate (including when and where that rate was found).
Be thorough in your market analysis, industry information, competitor review and marketing plan. This helps the USCIS officer see the success of the company’s U.S. operations.
Explain company leadership both internationally and in the U.S. location. It’s important to thoroughly explain who the L-1 applicant is, including the resume and role they will fill. Include your plans for creating jobs, like an outline of the opportunities and descriptions for the positions you’ll create.
L-1 business plans should also have supporting documentation to increase your chances of success include:
- Proof of business space (a lease or deed)
- Financial statements for past three years
- Organizational hierarchy and five year projected hierarchy in the U.S.
- Documents showing if the foreign branch is a parent company or affiliate
Experts Can Help with Your L-1 Business Plan
With thousands of immigration business plans written over the past decade, Pro Business Plans is experienced and knowledgeable in helping L-1 applicants craft plans to support their application documents. Work one on one with our experts, and get a plan that is compliant with USCIS requirements. By working with immigration law firms nationwide, we understand the needs of this type of plan and can stay on top of changes and updates to the business immigration industry.
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