The L-1 visa is a temporary non-immigrant visa which allows companies to relocate foreign qualified employees to its U.S. subsidiary or parent company. The qualified employee must have worked for a subsidiary, parent, affiliate or branch office of the company for at least one year out of the last three years. The U.S. company must be a parent company, child company, or sister company to the foreign company. The L1 visa may also include non-profit, religious, or charitable organizations. Either the L1A or the L1B allows for a company that does not yet have an office in the U.S. to send one of its qualifying employees over on an L visa to set up the U.S. office.
L-1A visas - Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager: L1A visas are designed for intra-company executive transferees coming to work in the United States. The L1A visa holders must have been employed in an executive or managerial capacity for the foreign company at an overseas location continuously for at least one year out of the past three years. L1A visa is granted initially for one year for a new company in the US or three years for a US company with more than one year in existence, with extensions available every two-years(the total stay should not exceed seven years).
L-1B visas - Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge: L1B are designed for professional employees with specialized knowledge (such as special knowledge about a product within the company and travels to teach that knowledge or tradecraft to new company employees in the US. An L1B visa is issued initially for three years with one two-year extension for a maximum of five years stay.
Spouses of L1 visa holders may apply for work authorization with USCIS to work in US without restriction.
L1 to Green Card: The L1 visa is a dual intent visa. Therefore, the L1 visa holder may apply for a Green Card and become a permanent resident without jeopardizing his/her L-1 visa status or their visa applications from a U.S. consular office abroad
Please contact us at Bhagat Law Firm for any inquiries regarding your L1 case.
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