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The Vital Role of the Foreign Organizational Chart in Your L-1A Visa Application

The Vital Role of the Foreign Organizational Chart in Your L-1A Visa Application

When preparing an L-1A visa application, it's not uncommon for clients to wonder why they must provide a foreign organizational chart. After all, it might seem like just another piece of paperwork. However, the truth is that the foreign organizational chart is a critical component of your L-1A visa application, and its significance cannot be overstated. Here are several compelling reasons why this document is indispensable:

1. A Snapshot of the Foreign Company's Operations

The foreign organizational chart provides a snapshot of how the foreign entity operates. It condenses the structure and hierarchy of the organization into a visual representation, allowing immigration authorities to quickly understand the company's makeup and size.

2. Proof of Staffing Levels

One of the essential elements in an L-1A visa application is demonstrating that the foreign company has a sufficient number of employees. The organizational chart serves as tangible proof of the staff hired at the foreign entity. It showcases the scale of the organization and validates that it has the capacity to support an executive or manager, which is a key requirement for the L-1 visa.

3. Establishing the Beneficiary's Role

For an L-1A visa to be approved, it's crucial to establish that the beneficiary (the employee being transferred to the U.S.) is a manager or executive within the organization. The organizational chart plays a central role in this by clearly delineating the beneficiary's position and subordinate staff within the company's hierarchy.

4. Demonstrating Supervisory and Managerial Duties

The organizational chart goes beyond merely showing the beneficiary's position; it also illustrates their duties. It indicates whether the beneficiary oversees personnel and, if so, specifies whether these individuals are managers, supervisors, other executives, or front-line employees. This information is vital in establishing that the beneficiary meets the L-1 visa requirements for a managerial or executive role.

5. Ensuring L1A Requirement Compliance

Perhaps the most critical aspect of the foreign organizational chart is its role in demonstrating that the foreign entity complies with the L1A visa requirements. Immigration authorities need to see that the company aligns with the specific criteria for this visa category. This includes having a qualifying relationship between the foreign entity and the U.S. petitioner, showing that the foreign entity has been doing business for a certain period, and illustrating that the beneficiary's role meets the L1A criteria.

In essence, the foreign organizational chart serves as a linchpin that ties together the various elements of the L-1 visa application. It provides a clear and concise overview of the foreign company's structure, validates the beneficiary's role, and ensures compliance with L1A requirements. Without it, the application lacks crucial evidence and may face challenges during the adjudication process.

So, when you're asked for a foreign organizational chart as part of your L-1 visa application, understand that it's not just another piece of paperwork. It's a fundamental document that substantiates your eligibility and sets the stage for a successful visa application. By providing a well-prepared organizational chart, you're not just supplying information; you're building a strong case for your L-1 visa approval.


The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.

Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.

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