SMALL BUSINESS L-1A PETITION APPROVEDPublished: Apr 15, 2014
Our client is a Canadian citizen. He is the owner of a Canadian trucking services company. He opened a U.S. trucking company last year and we had the start-up company file a new office petition on his behalf at that time, which was approved for a period of one year. Our client wished to continue his employment in an executive capacity as President of the U.S. company.
Although the U.S. company’s operations are small, we determined the company met the regulatory requirements for the extension of a new office petition because the small business provides services in a regular, systematic, and continuous fashion.
We advised the company what documentation would be required to have a renewal petition approved on our client’s behalf. We assembled a compelling petition package for submission at the border under NAFTA. In order to prove that the company met the requirements for the renewal of a new office petition, we submitted substantial evidence that it was doing business in the United States, which included a federal tax return, a financial statement, various business licenses, a lease, evidence of financing for the U.S. company, and payroll documentation, among other supporting documentation.
We prepared our client for his inspection at the border and appeared with him in the event that any issues arose. Our client’s L-1A status was approved in approximately one hour.