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H-1B or L-1, which is quicker from the UK?

H-1B or L-1, which is quicker from the UK?

Old Oct 3rd 2002, 11:34 am
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Default H-1B or L-1, which is quicker from the UK?

Hello,

I have been offered a job by an American company and I was wondering what visa to apply for. Let me explain a bit about my situation. I already own an American company ( but I am resident in the UK ) because I ran a web hosting company catering for the American and International hosting market. The question is this, what is the fastest way to get a work visa? Could I apply via the L-1 route giving the argument that my American company needs me to be physically in the USA to do some work or should I go via the H-1B route? Either way, what are the typical time frames to get a visa for a UK citizen?

Also, the position I have been offered is available in Canada. Is getting a Canadian visa quicker ( I already meet their new 70 point limit for immigration ) in general than getting a US L-1 or H-1B visa?

Regards, Mark
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Old Oct 4th 2002, 9:38 am
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Default Re: H-1B or L-1, which is quicker from the UK?

An L or H visa would have the same processing times (anywhere from 1
to 6 weeks if expedited processing is chosen for the petition, and
another week or so for the visa itself). Your message doesn't offer
enough detail to assess whether you could qualify for either type of
visa. In particular, merely owning a company in the U.S. does not
guarantee you an L visa - indeed, they are often quite challenging for
small company owners.

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mwilliams wrote in message news:...
    > Hello,
    > I have been offered a job by an American company and I was wondering
    > what visa to apply for. Let me explain a bit about my situation. I
    > already own an American company ( but I am resident in the UK ) because
    > I ran a web hosting company catering for the American and International
    > hosting market. The question is this, what is the fastest way to get a
    > work visa? Could I apply via the L-1 route giving the argument that my
    > American company needs me to be physically in the USA to do some work or
    > should I go via the H-1B route? Either way, what are the typical time
    > frames to get a visa for a UK citizen?
    > Also, the position I have been offered is available in Canada. Is
    > getting a Canadian visa quicker ( I already meet their new 70 point
    > limit for immigration ) in general than getting a US L-1 or H-1B visa?
    > Regards, Mark
 

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