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How Many People Do I Need to Hire for My L-1A Visa?

How Many People Do I Need to Hire for My L-1A Visa?

Are you considering applying for an L-1A visa to bring your managerial or executive talents to the United States and grow your business operations? If so, you're likely wondering about the number of people you need to hire to support your visa application. In this blog, we'll explore this topic and shed light on the key factors to consider when developing your staffing plan for the L-1A visa.

1. A Credible and Realistic Business Plan

First and foremost, it's crucial to understand that the success of your L-1A visa application hinges on having a credible and realistic business plan. Contrary to common misconceptions, the U.S. immigration authorities are not interested in meeting a specific quota of hires. Instead, they want to see a business plan that makes sense and aligns with the genuine needs of your company's operations in the United States.

Your staffing plan should be based on your business's actual requirements. It's not about inflating your workforce with unnecessary hires but rather ensuring that your team can effectively support your L executive or managerial duties. In other words, quality matters more than quantity. That is one of the reasons why your business plan should be created by a person that understands business, and not just a writer.

2. Supporting the Executive or Managerial Role

The projected number of staff members you need to hire should be determined by the extent to which they can support the executive or manager (the L-1A visa beneficiary) in their role. The primary purpose of these hires is to enable the L-1A visa holder to focus on their executive or managerial duties without being burdened by operational or administrative tasks.

Consider the specific responsibilities of the executive or manager in question. Are there tasks that can be delegated to others to free up their time? These could include administrative, operational, or even specialized roles that are essential for the smooth functioning of your U.S. business. Your staffing plan should be tailored to ensure that the L-1A visa beneficiary can effectively carry out their leadership responsibilities.

3. Building an Organizational Structure

U.S. immigration authorities want to see that your U.S. company has an organizational structure that is sufficient to support the L-1A visa beneficiary in their qualifying managerial or executive position. This means that your staffing plan should align with the overall organizational needs of your business.

Your plan should showcase how the new hires fit into the broader structure of your company. What roles do they play, and how do these roles contribute to the success of your U.S. operations? This alignment demonstrates that your company is well-prepared to integrate the L-1A visa holder into its hierarchy seamlessly.

4. Consideration of Foreign Staff Members

In some cases, foreign staff members who provide support to your U.S. company may also be considered as part of the staffing plan. These individuals should have clear roles and responsibilities that contribute to the efficient functioning of your U.S. business.

It's important to document their roles and demonstrate how they fit into your organizational structure. Providing a clear rationale for their inclusion in the staffing plan can strengthen your visa application.

In conclusion, there is no fixed number of people you need to hire for your L-1A visa. Instead, the key is to develop a well-thought-out staffing plan that aligns with the genuine needs of your business operations and supports the executive or managerial role. Your plan should be credible, realistic, and showcase an organizational structure that can effectively accommodate the L-1A visa beneficiary.

With 15+ years of experience, we have successfully assisted thousands of L-1A visa applicants in obtaining their visas by crafting solid, credible, and realistic visa business plans. We understand that a visa business plan or immigration business plan is not just another document; it is the narrative that defines your aspirations and goals in the United States. The credibility of this plan is pivotal, as it can influence the adjudication officer's decision on a life-changing matter. Therefore, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to creating a compelling business plan that not only aligns with your business's actual needs but also tells a persuasive story of your commitment and vision in the United States. Your L-1A visa business plan deserves the utmost attention to detail, and our team is dedicated to ensuring that your path to success is backed by a strong foundation.


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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