The L1 intra-company transferee visa is available to employees of international companies who are being transferred to a parent, branch, affiliate or subsidiary in the U.S.
Foreign national executives being transferred to the U.S. to manage an organization or a major function or division of an organization
Foreign national managers being transferred to the U.S. to supervise work of other supervisory, professional or managerial employees, or who manages an essential function, department or subdivision Specialized Knowledge employees of companies outside U.S. that have related U.S. branches, subsidiaries, affiliates or joint venture partners
Employees and partners of international accounting firms
Multinational companies to transfer foreign national executives to manage an organization or a major function or division of an organization in the U.S.
Multinational companies to transfer foreign national managers to supervise work of other supervisory, professional or managerial employees, or who manages an essential function, department or subdivision in the U.S.
Multinational companies to transfer employees with specialized knowledge such as, its products, research methods and marketing techniques
You may legitimately come to the U.S. as an L1 visa intra-company transfer and at the same time, lawfully seek to become a permanent resident
You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. while on a valid L1 visa
Your dependents can live with you in the U.S.
Your spouse can apply for a work permit by filing Form I-765 and engage in employment
To be eligible to sponsor an L1 visa, the following conditions must be met:
A qualifying relationship must exist between the U.S. company and the foreign company abroad Both the foreign company and the U.S company must remain open, active and viable for the entire duration of your employment in the U.S. Failure to maintain required levels of operation results in the loss of L1 status
To apply for an L1 visa, you must demonstrate that:
You have been employed overseas by the transferring organization for at least one year within the past three years and you will be performing duties in the U.S. for the same employer or an affiliate You are a manager, executive or a specialized knowledge employee
To change the purpose of your visit while you are in the U.S. on an L1 visa, you must change your visa status.
The information provided here is applicable to New L1 Visa and L1 Extension. Spouses of L1 visa holders may accept employment in the U.S. by obtaining an Employment Authorization Document.
Qualified U.S. companies that frequently transfer non-U.S. employees to their U.S. branches, subsidiaries, affiliates or joint venture partners may do so easily by obtaining L1 Blanket status.
Managers and executives holding L1 visas may apply for a Green Card under the first preference category: priority workers. This category is exempt from Labor Certification.
You cannot apply for an L1 visa as an individual. To sponsor your L1 visa, your employer must file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on your behalf.
An L1 petition is filed on USCIS Form I-129, along with the Form I-129L supplement. Your L1 visa requirements documents must include:
To apply for the L1 visa, you must furnish the original or copy of the Notice of Action, Form I-797A or B (the approval notice forwarded to your employer when the petition is approved). Your visa application must include the following documents:
Employees in Managerial and Executive positions (L-1A visa) may be admitted initially for a three-year period if they intend to join an existing company or a one-year period if they intend to join a newly established company. After initial entry, extensions are granted in two-year increments for a maximum period of seven years.
Employees in specialty positions (L-1B visa) may be admitted initially for a three-year period if they intend to join an existing company or a one-year period if they intend to join a newly established company. After initial entry, extensions are granted in two-year increments for a maximum period of five years.
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany or join you in the U.S. for the duration of your stay can apply for L2 visas. Spouses are eligible to take up employment after obtaining an employment authorization document.
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