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Has anybody applied for an L1 visa lately, and if so, what are rough timelines to be approved / be able to move to the US under premium processing category?

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if through USCIS (renewal), expect high scrutiny. I heard theyre sending a number of RFE.

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I got an L1B RFE and my husband got an L1A RFE. So here, 100% got a RFE through USCIS. So annoying.

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L1A or L1B?

1st visa or renewal? Through USCIS or consulate appointment?

1st visa. Whether L1A or L1B, not sure, it’s within consulting (manager level). End to end timelines ideally - first, I understand it’s an approval by the labor agencies in the US but some premium application needs to be turned in; second, need to apply in one of the embassies to get a visa stamp once the step one is complete.

U have more chances of approval in embassy. Make sure u answer interview questions properly (especially on hire and fire approval)

In not sure about the first one. I never heard about it in my case. Is it L1 blanket or not? If it is L1 blanket, as soon as the lawyer sends your petition letter, u can schedule an appointment in EMbassy. Im sharing based on my experience.

I guess it’s a blanket given the size of the company. What concerns to embassy though, it’s just part of the process, correct? And not a stand-alone one. Does it help at all that I do hold SSN already?

Having an SSN does not change anything.

for visa purposes, i dont think holding an SSN will give u an advantage. however, it helps u to be onboarded earlier (i.e. starting to work earlier because u can now skip getting an SSN) as long as u already hold your visa. From what I have heard, expats without SSN will be able to start by January 2022 or later.

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