L1A to green card

Navigating the complex path of U.S. immigration can be daunting for businesses expanding their operations. Our recent case with a logistics company demonstrates a seamless transition from L1A start-up visa to U.S. permanent residency.

Initial Phase: L1A Visa for U.S. Business Expansion

In 2018, our client, a logistics company, sought to establish their presence in the United States. Our role began by advising them on the essential steps for launching their U.S. operations and preparing an L1A visa application. This visa is crucial for companies needing to transfer executives and managers to manage new or existing U.S. operations.

The L1A Visa Approval and Extension

Our client’s initial L1A approval facilitated the transfer of several key managerial employees to the U.S. for a conditional one-year period. As Canadian citizens, they could efficiently process their applications at a U.S. port of entry. Following a year of successful operation, we assisted in securing 3-year extensions of their L1A visas, demonstrating the company’s growth and the need for continued management.

Transition to Permanent Residency

With the U.S. company’s growth necessitating permanent managerial roles, we took the next significant step: filing USCIS Form I-140 Petition for Foreign Worker under the EB-1C category. This category is designed for multinational managers and executives who meet specific criteria. We celebrated their approval, marking a pivotal milestone in their immigration journey.

Obtaining Green Cards

Post I-140 approval, we filed USCIS Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Resident Status for the L1A employees and their families. Their transformation from temporary L1A visa holders to U.S. permanent residents was a testament to the company’s successful expansion and our dedicated immigration support.

A Four-Year Journey to Success

The total process, spanning from the initial L1A visa as a start-up to the green card approvals, took four years. This period saw the company’s growth from a budding U.S. start-up to a robust bi-national operation, with their team securing the right to permanently reside in the U.S.

Looking Ahead: From Permanent Residency to Citizenship

As U.S. permanent residents, the next step for our clients is the transition to U.S. citizenship. We anticipate guiding them through this final phase after they complete the required 5-year residency period.


This case illustrates the possibilities and opportunities within the U.S. immigration system for businesses aiming to expand. Our expertise in navigating complex immigration pathways ensures a smooth and successful transition for companies and individuals alike.

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