L-1 Visa: Intracompany Transfer
The L-1 Visa falls into two categories:
- L-1A (Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager): allows entities operating both in the U.S. and abroad to transfer Executive or Manager from foreign associated branches.
- L-1B (Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge): allows entities operating both in the U.S. and abroad to transfer knowledgeable employees relating to the organization’s interests from foreign associated branches.
The employee must have worked for a subsidiary, parent, affiliate, or branch office of the U.S. entity for at least one year out of the last three years before entry.
* L-1 visa is a dual intent visa, filling of green card does not cause an issue in the L-1 nonimmigrant status
The sponsor must be a foreign employer or a U.S. employer. The sponsor must be a qualifying organization such as a firm, corporation, association, partnership, or other organization. The qualifying organization must have a parent, branch, affiliate, or subsidiary in the United States and in a foreign country. There is no requirement that it be engaged in international trade.
The candidate must be employed abroad for at least one year in the three years preceding the transfer to the United States in a managerial position, executive position, or position requiring specialized knowledge. The employee must be seeking to enter the U.S. to occupy a managerial position, executive position, or a position requiring specialized knowledge.
*L-2 visa is required for Spouses/Children
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