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L1 Visas for Canadian Businesses

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Produced on August 22, 2017

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Due to the size of the economy and potential for business, the United States is the ideal market for many foreign businesses to increase their international footprint. The L1 visa was established to allow the ease of transfer of qualified employees between the offices of employers doing business within a foreign country and the United States. The L1 visa is also available to businesses that have foreign offices that would like to expand into the United States marketplace. There are special requirements that must be met for a foreign business to qualify for an L1 visa for new office expansion. Presented by Jeremy Richards, this course provides an overview of the L1 visa options available for New Office Expansion. Mr. Richards is a partner at Richards & Kruger Immigration Law. His practice is devoted to U.S. immigration law, with a focus on helping businesses and individuals to obtain proper authorization to conduct business within the United States. With offices in Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada, Mr. Richards has extensive experience guiding Canadian businesses through the process of expanding operations into the United States through the L1 visa. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic requirements of the L1 Visa for new office expansion
  2. Assess whether a business meets the basic requirements for new office expansion
  3. Identify employees within the business that are transferable on the L1 visa
  4. Discuss the advantages of the L1 Visa for new office expansion

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Jeremy Richards

Richards & Kruger

Mr. Richards has a broad understanding of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws and can assist with most U.S. Immigration Law matters. He has successfully handled immigration matters for medical professionals, students, professors, individuals, families, employees, small to large businesses, international corporations, colleges and universities and others.

Mr. Richards worked for the University at Buffalo, home to one of the largest international student/faculty populations in the United States. Because of the association that the University at Buffalo has with several area hospitals, Mr. Richards has worked with hundreds of medical professionals and understands the time sensitive and unique immigration issues that they face during the immigration process.

Additionally, Mr. Richards gained an inside perspective on the government interpretation and enforcement of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act during an externship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo, New York.

Prior to attending law school and obtaining his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Richards spent 9 years in Sales and Operations Management. He has held the title of Vice President of Sales, Operations Manager and Sales Manager. During his career in business, Mr. Richards became intimately familiar with human resource practices and the internal operations of both public and private corporations. Through this experience, Mr. Richards gained valuable skills that enable him to understand the needs of both employee and employer. Mr. Richards understands the often-cumbersome process of obtaining corporate approvals and is an aggressive advocate for his client’s best interest.

Additionally, Mr. Richards is actively involved in the community through: ecclesiastical service, community service, youth sporting programs, The Boy Scouts of America and is an avid outdoorsman. He is an Eagle Scout, served a 2-year mission in Salvador, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Proficient in Portuguese) and is the proud father of seven children.

Although Mr. Richards can help with most immigration matters, he focuses his practice on:

  • TN NAFTA visas for Canadians
  • Border issues
  • H1B visas for those working in Specialty Occupations
  • K visas for Fiancé(e)s and Spouses/Children of U.S. Citizens
  • L1 visas for Intracompany transferees
  • E2 visas
  • EB1 green card applications
  • O visas for those that have demonstrated extraordinary ability
  • P visas for athletes, artists and entertainers
  • B1/B2 Visitor Visas for tourism and business
  • Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)
  • Request for Evidence (RFE)
  • Employment-based green cards
  • Family-based green cards
  • U.S. Citizenship


Mr. Richards received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Utah Valley University and his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


David P.

Excellent grasp of the issues pertaining to Canadians coming to work in the U.S. Far better than average immigration attorney at mastering the issues faced by the Canadian market.

Geraldine L.

Great course! Really teaches how to do an L1 visa - great introduction.

Michael S.


Joy A.

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