L1 visa interview timescales

Old Nov 13th 2021, 4:42 pm
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I logged in yesterday when I saw the post above and there was an appointment available for next week (which I moved my appointment to).

There were also a couple of appointments in december which then disappeared. Currently there are lots of Jan appointments available.

Without an emergency appointment? You will get one in January easily and if you are willing to spend a week logging in and checking every few hours? You will get one within the next month.

With an emergency appointment? I dont know how that works, but presumably sooner than the above?

Sounds like a bigger obstacle is your own company not filing the petition?
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Thanks tariqbutt

How long after filing your petition were you approved?
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Old Nov 13th 2021, 5:43 pm
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My visa is H1B which I think has a different approval process (there is an annual deadline which it must be filed by and then there is a lottery). This is very different to your L1 which has no such deadline and no lottery.
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I got my appointment through on Friday E2 Manger/Exec employee, booked in for Jan 19th!
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I just managed to book an appointment for an L1 on January 31st. They also had availability on Jan 26th, and January 28th. Nothing in February but then loads in March.
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Hi all. Just in case anyone on this thread is still waiting for their visas, my family and me recently got ours and there was one unexpected thing that it may be useful for you to know. The card machine at the US embassy in London wasn't working on the day of our interview, so my husband (along with lots of other applicants) had to leave the building, go to the nearest cash machine and come back to pay the visa fees. I got the feeling it wasn't the first time it had happened, so you might want to take cash with you just in case.
Other than that, it was all very quick and painless.
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Hi all. Just in case anyone on this thread is still waiting for their visas, my family and me recently got ours and there was one unexpected thing that it may be useful for you to know. The card machine at the US embassy in London wasn't working on the day of our interview, so my husband (along with lots of other applicants) had to leave the building, go to the nearest cash machine and come back to pay the visa fees. I got the feeling it wasn't the first time it had happened, so you might want to take cash with you just in case.
Other than that, it was all very quick and painless.
GBP or USD?
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GBP or USD?
GBP thankfully. I don't think the ATM at Waitrose next to the embassy dispenses USD
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Hi all.

My partner (unmarried, 10 yr relationship) and I plan to marry but this will now likely happen after I have relocated on my L1.

My questions are:
If I move to the US in say Jan 2022, can my partner enter under the visa waiver scheme and we get married in the US in that time?
If yes to the above, can we then apply for L2 spouse visa from inside the US?
If no, should we apply for B2 and ask for change of status once married?
Can my partner safely enter the US on B2 knowing they are to be married and then request L2? This feels dishonest as clearly the plan was to get married and stay with the L2.

Thanks all!
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Originally Posted by jamieB79 View Post
Hi all.

My partner (unmarried, 10 yr relationship) and I plan to marry but this will now likely happen after I have relocated on my L1.

My questions are:
If I move to the US in say Jan 2022, can my partner enter under the visa waiver scheme and we get married in the US in that time?
If yes to the above, can we then apply for L2 spouse visa from inside the US?
If no, should we apply for B2 and ask for change of status once married?
Can my partner safely enter the US on B2 knowing they are to be married and then request L2? This feels dishonest as clearly the plan was to get married and stay with the L2.

Thanks all!
Personally I'd go with an option not mentioned - that you return to the UK for the wedding, and then s/he applies for the L2. That would be a safe option than him/her travelling to you, in case s/he is refused entry. AFAIK s/he couldn't apply for the L2 from inside the US anyway, it can only be done from a visa office outside the US.

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Originally Posted by london lou View Post
Hi all. Just in case anyone on this thread is still waiting for their visas, my family and me recently got ours and there was one unexpected thing that it may be useful for you to know. The card machine at the US embassy in London wasn't working on the day of our interview, so my husband (along with lots of other applicants) had to leave the building, go to the nearest cash machine and come back to pay the visa fees. I got the feeling it wasn't the first time it had happened, so you might want to take cash with you just in case.
Other than that, it was all very quick and painless.

Hello there,

Which fee?

I have a Blanket L-1 Visa Applicant's and am required to pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee of usd 500.

​ I will take gbp cash with me.

I hope there isn't any other fee and that the embassy will accept visa card payments

Thanks..

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Hi all.

My partner (unmarried, 10 yr relationship) and I plan to marry but this will now likely happen after I have relocated on my L1.

My questions are:
If I move to the US in say Jan 2022, can my partner enter under the visa waiver scheme and we get married in the US in that time?
If yes to the above, can we then apply for L2 spouse visa from inside the US?
If no, should we apply for B2 and ask for change of status once married?
Can my partner safely enter the US on B2 knowing they are to be married and then request L2? This feels dishonest as clearly the plan was to get married and stay with the L2.

Thanks all!
Many corporate L-1 visa petitions/applications involve attorney assistance. These are the type of questions that can be directed their way.

As a general statement of law - no extensions or change of status are allowed from visa waiver (other than immediate relative adjustment to permanent residence).
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Hello there,

Which fee?

I have a Blanket L-1 Visa Applicant's and am required to pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee of usd 500.

​ I will take gbp cash with me.

I hope there isn't any other fee and that the embassy will accept visa card payments

Thanks..

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Yes my husband had to pay the USD500 for his blanket L1. The other fees were issuance fees for the L2s.
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Hi all. Just in case anyone on this thread is still waiting for their visas, my family and me recently got ours and there was one unexpected thing that it may be useful for you to know. The card machine at the US embassy in London wasn't working on the day of our interview, so my husband (along with lots of other applicants) had to leave the building, go to the nearest cash machine and come back to pay the visa fees. I got the feeling it wasn't the first time it had happened, so you might want to take cash with you just in case.
Other than that, it was all very quick and painless.
Thanks london lou for starting this thread and the update, it has been very helpful. I read that its taking 3-4 weeks for the stamped passport return, instead of the usual 1 week. Did they mention what sort of timelines to expect for the passport return after the appointment?

I am aware of the other thread you started with similar question but was hoping to hear about your experience.
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I read that its taking 3-4 weeks for the stamped passport return, instead of the usual 1 week. Did they mention what sort of timelines to expect for the passport return after the appointment?
We had our appointment on a Wednesday and our passports were available to collect the following Monday (we live in London so collection was an easy option). I think they may actually have been available from late on Friday.

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