What You Should Know About an L-1 Visa

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If you are a foreign national working for a multinational United States company, please read on, then contact an immigration lawyer skilled in work visas for more information on the L-1 Visa process and how our firm can help you.

What is an L-1 Visa?

An L-1 Visa, an intracompany transferee visa, allows managers, executives and “specialized knowledge” employees who work outside the United States for a company that has an affiliated entity inside the U.S. to come to the U.S. and perform services for that entity. It is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning it expires eventually and is not equivalent to permanent residence or a green card.

L-1 Visa holders have the right to work legally in the U.S. for up to 3 years, with the possibility of 2 two-year extensions. One of the added benefits is that the holder’s spouse or minor children may also obtain visas to the U.S.

Who qualifies for an L-1 Visa?

First off, the applicant must have been employed outside the United States by the sponsoring company for at least one continuous year out of the past three years and is being transferred to the U.S. to work as a manager, executive or specialized knowledge worker. The U.S. company to which you are transferring must be a parent, branch, subsidiary, affiliate or joint venture parent of the non-U.S. employer.

To qualify for an L-1 Visa, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Manager: Someone who manages all or part of the organization, supervises and controls others, hires and terminates personnel and has the authority to make day-to-day decisions.
  • Executive: Someone whose primary role is to direct the management of the organization, set goals or policies, possesses extensive decision-making authority and receives only general supervision or direction from higher-level authorities.
  • Specialized knowledge worker: An employee with knowledge related to the company, including its products, services, research, equipment, techniques, management or other interests and its application in international markets, or advanced knowledge of the company processes and procedures. This knowledge must not be widely held throughout the industry or even within the company.

If you fit any of the above descriptions, you would be well advised to reach out to our firm, which has extensive experience with employment immigration. We will help you prepare and file the proper paperwork in accordance with U.S. immigration law. So, let us handle the legal work.

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