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US Visa Pilot Program for L1 and H1B Visa Holders

By Sanwar Ali:

We also have a detailed news report about US domestic visa processing for L1 visa and H1B visa holders.

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1. The new US visa pilot program could help Indian workers and other immigrants save time on travel and wait times.

2. It can be inconvenient to have to obtain a visa at an US Embassy or Consulate abroad. 

3. Some people on certain non-immigrant visa categories such as those on H1B visa and L1 visas will be able to renew from within the US.

4. Julie Stufft of the Bureau of Consular Affairs: We all saw during the pandemic how difficult it was for these people to return to their home country and often not be able to get visa appointments..."   

5. Indian tech workers will be amongst the biggest beneficiaries of US visa processing from within the US.

6. Indians typically receive more than three quarters of the H-1B visas annually. 

7. L1 visas are also used a great deal by Indian nationals.

8. When is visa processing for L-1 and H-1B visas necessary? 

9. Previous, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks the State Department allowed certain nonimmigrant visa holders E, H. L. O, P visa holders to renew their visas via mail with the agency's Visa Office at Washington DC.

10. Those on US visas who renew or change their status from within the US can remain in the US for the duration of their extended non-immigrant visa status.

11. However, the problem occurs when they wish to travel out of the US. 

12. To re-enter on the US work visa, the applicant usually needs to apply for a visa at the relevant US Embassy or Consulate.

13. The previous visa processing program was ended because authorities did not have the ability to collect biometric data from applicants as required by the national security laws that were enacted following 9/11.

14. Foreign workers have been required to return to their homelands to get their extension stamped by a consulate.

15. Officials from the state departments hope that the pilot program will help reduce this workload.

16. Employers would be able to save time and money on stateside renewal, such as travel adjustments for foreign talent stuck overseas or indefinite time zones. 

17. New pilot program will only help with some H-1B visa and L-1 visa renewals.

18. It seems that stateside visa processing will likely be extended for dependent family members of H-1B or L-1 employees currently in the US under H-4 and L-2 statuses, respectively. 

19. More people may qualify for visa processing from within the US, as the state department creates the infrastructure for a consular section in Washington DC to handle visa applications.

20. One bit of good news is that US visa processing wait times in India is much shorter than before. 

21. Perhaps the Biden administration is more sympathetic than the previous Trump administration, towards Indians who have in some cases had to wait more than a year for a US visa.

22. Looking at the US State Department visa wait times at the US Embassy in Delhi for H, L, O, P, or Q visas is eight calendar days.

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25. Telephone us in the UK on 0344 991 9222 for further details. helps with US Work Visa: L1, H1B, E2, and O1 Visas

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  • L1 visa: This visa is for intracompany transferees who work in managerial or executive positions or have specialized knowledge.

  • H1B visa: This visa is for specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields.

  • E2 visa: This visa is for investors who have made a significant investment in a US business and, management or essential skills employees.  Only certain nationalities can apply.

  • O1 visa: This visa is for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. is a specialist visa services firm with over thirty years of experience dealing with visa applications. For more information and advice, please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at sends e-mail)