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Practitioner’s Guide to Navigating L-1 Intracompany Transferees

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Produced on November 07, 2016

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

The L-1 nonimmigrant visa classification is one of the most popular vehicles among multinational companies to hire and retain a foreign national workforce in the United States. This seminar examines the building blocks to L-1 eligibility and requirements, and offers a roadmap for designing an L-1 immigration program for clients.

In this course, attorneys Christian Park and David Iannella of Fragomen discuss historical trends and draw lessons learned over years of practice. The presentation identifies common RFE trends, response strategies, and methods for risk management in developing and optimizing an immigration policy for corporate clients.   

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Analyze the legal criteria for L-1 intracompany transferee sponsorship
  2. Examine the various sub-categories of the L-1 classification
  3. Review common RFE trends
  4. Identify strategies for success through real-world examples and review ideas to formulate an immigration policy that meets client needs

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Christian provides strategic counseling to employers on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, and policy. His practice involves immigration matters pertaining to the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international workers in the United States.

As an Associate Attorney in Fragomen’s Boston and New York offices, he represented clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Embassies and consular posts abroad. He has also advised clients in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, academic, and information technology.

Representative Experience

  • Advised IT client with a large foreign national population on devising an immigration strategy that aligns with business hiring requirements.
  • Counseled clients on both PERM and non-PERM alternatives.
  • Advised clients on INA 212(e) waiver strategies, including no objection, exceptional hardship, persecution, CONRAD State 30 Program, and Interested Government Agency waivers.
  • Secured immigration benefits for physicians, researchers, and scholars. 


  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Member, Korean American Bio Industry Council
  • Member, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-Author, "A New Age for Employment Authorization Documents." Law360, 1 May 2015: n.pag. Web. 1 May 2015.
  • Presenter, "Basics of Employment-Based Immigration." Lecture, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers New England Symposium 2015, February 28, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “H-1B Season's Greetings: A Guide to Analyzing the H-1B Quota and Time Limitation.” ILW.com, 4 December 2014: n.pag. Web. 4 December 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Seven Effective Tips to Preparing Non-PERM Employment Based Visa Petitions." ILW.com, 22 October 2013: n.pag. Web. 22 October 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Alternatives to PERM.” ILW.com, 16 July 2013: n.pag. Web. 16 July 2013. 

Pro Bono

  • Provided Pro Bono work for DACA Clinic with MinKwon Center for Community Action, Flushing, New York.
  • Provided pro bono services at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's Citizenship Clinic.

David Iannella

Fragomen Worldwide

David is an Associate in Fragomen’s Boston office. He practices exclusively in the field of federal immigration and nationality law and assists both small and large multinational corporate clients with a range of nonimmigrant and immigrant matters.

While in law school, David was a student attorney in the Federal Appeals Clinic and served as a Senior Note Editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review.

David has assisted in a number of pro bono cases, including the approval of Temporary Protected Status for an individual from Sierra Leone.


Naomi K.

Great presentation. Knowledgeable speakers and very informative. Gives a lot helpful and practical information.

Annie K.

Excellent presentation.

Warren W.

Discussion of the different ways to show specialized knowledge was very helpful.

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