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Keeping the L1 Visa Alive for New and Small Companies After the One Year Initial Period

Keeping the L1 Visa Alive for New and Small Companies After the One Year Initial Period

Posted by: ScottMond Law Firm
April 04, 2011
Topic: Employment Visas

The initial one year period of approval for an L1 Visa in the U.S. is essentially a "trial period." The purpose of this article is to explain to our clients the importance of establishing a Dun & Bradstreet report (D&B report) within the first year of an L1 Visa approval.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun using an instrument called VIBE (Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises), a web-based tool using commercially available information from an Independent Information Provider (IIP). In many cases, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) is used. USCIS scrutinizes even small start-up companies if they are not registered with Dun & Bradstreet, and the L1 Visa will consequently be denied.

Dun & Bradstreet is a company that provides subscribers with a ratings directory and credit reports of corporations. It also publishes financial composite ratios.

UCIS also compares information in D&B with information that is provided in the Visa petition, and makes an issue of any discrepancies. For example, if the D&B shows 20 employees and the I-129 form states 40 employees because the employer has not updated the D&B data, this is a problem. The employer has the responsibility of maintaining up-to-date information on D&B.

When our office begins representation, it is essential to lay a solid relevant business foundation for an L1 Visa. We will go over the D&B report well in advance of the L1 Visa renewal period. With this step in place, L1 visa renewal success with USCIS is maximized. For questions, you may contact us at [email protected] or call one of the offices, locations for which can be found at

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