Immigration Issues/L1A question

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Hi,

I am currently in USA with L1A visa for the last 3 years. My visa is up for renewal in March 2009. Will it be better to apply for a new L1 visa rather than applying for an extension? The reason I am asking is that lately I am hearing a lot of L1 visa extensions being rejected.

Also, I work remotely from a home office though I work for the same company that filed my visa. Will working from a home office cause any problem if I apply for a renewal.

Thank you in advance.

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Hi Sudha,

The L1 petition that is filed should request "extension of status" so that the approval notice (Form I-797) issued by the USCIS will have an I-94 attached to the bottom. This will allow you to continue to remain in the U.S. and remain employed without interruption.

Working from a home office is fine. There is no requirement to disclose this fact to the USCIS, however.

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.h1b1.com

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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