The L-1 Visa for Intracompany Transferees is a temporary nonimmigrant visa that allows for a transfer of foreign workers in a managerial or executive position (or in a position that requires highly specialized knowledge) to the US to continue working with the same employer, its parent, branch or affiliate. This program was initially launched to facilitate foreign companies’ expansion to the USA – be it as a trade mission or a branch. Nowadays, L-1 visa allows entrepreneurs and executives to relocate to the United States with an intention of managing or establishing local offices of a foreign company or its affiliates. This visa also grants candidate’s spouse and minor (under 21) children an opportunity to receive a special L-2 Visa for dependents, allowing them to live, work and study in the USA for as long as the L-1 holder maintains his or her visa status.
L-1 Visa Benefits
- Allows candidates’ spouses and children under 21 to apply for a dependent’s visa
- The L-1 visa is a more economical solution compared to EB-5 program
- As the investments in your business increase, you might become eligible to apply for an EB-1 visa, resulting in getting a Green Card
- It is possible to extend your L-1 visa multiple times, extending your stay to a maximum of 7 years
- No educational requirements, unlike the H-1B visa
- No annual limits – there are no limits to how many L-1 visas are approved every year
- No job offer required – you don’t have to find an entity to support your application
Candidate must prove recent (in the space of the last 3 years) work experience as an executive, manager or an employee with specialized knowledge for at least 12 months prior to submitting an application. It must also be proven that they will work in a similar capacity in the United States.
Foreign and US-based companies must have a “qualifying relationship” – parent company, affiliate or a subsidiary, as well as having common majority ownership by the same persons or entities.
Foreign company’s financial performance should be sufficient to maintain operations of the new branch in the first year. The US-based branch must also provide a business plan outlining the candidate’s role in the business development and an intent to hire at least 3 full-time workers in the first year of operation.
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