How do I qualify for an L1 visa?
What are the two types of L1 visas?
What are the steps to an L1 visa?
If I obtain an L1 visa, can my spouse
work in the US?
What is a blanket L1 visa?
L1 visa or E visa: Which is the best option?
How can Immigration Law Offices help my
The US government provides an unlimited number
of visas (called L1 visas) for managers and executives transferring from the foreign branch or subsidiary
of a company to a U.S. branch. Large multinational companies may
apply for a blanket L1 visa to
expedite the processing of large numbers of employees to a US branch of the company.
- L1 visa Quota: none
- Length of L1 visa: 3
- L1 visa Extensions: 2
years at a time, up to a total of 7 years (a total
of 5 years for an L-1B visa)
- L1 visa Application Processing Times:
Normally 30-90 days. For faster processing, a company may apply
Processing Service, which speeds up USCIS response time
to within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a petition, application
or other documents.
In order to qualify
for an L1 visa you must:
(1) be a manager or executive,
or person with specialized knowledge,
who has been employed by the company continuously for at least
one of the past three years.
(2) show that your non-U.S.
employer is a currently operating branch, subsidiary, affiliate,
or joint venture partner of the U.S. company to which you are
two types of L1 visas are:
(1) L-1 A visa - for foreign managers and executives transferring
to the US to manage a company or a major function or division of
a company; to supervise employees or manage an essential department
of a company
(2) L-1B visa - for foreign employees
with specialized knowledge of the company's products, research methods
or marketing methods, which are important to the company's competitiveness
What is the difference between an L-1
A and an L-1B visa?
L-1A visas confer certain advantages that L-1B visas do not:
(1) Less paperwork: The petitioning company of an L-1B applicant
must apply for a Labor Certification for the
applicant in addition to the petition and application. Companies
petitioning for L-1A applicants are not required to do so.
(2) More time: L-1A visa holders may extend their visas
up to 7 years; L-1B visa holders may extend only up to 5 years.
Also, L-1A visa holders whose 7-year limit has been reached may
re-enter the US for another full term as an L-1 holder after a one-year
period of absence from the US.
L1 visa applications involve two steps:
(1) the applicant's employer must
file a petition with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services). (A multinational company that regularly transfers many
employees may apply for a blanket L1 visa
order to bypass the petition process.)
(2) Once the petition is approved,
the L1 visa application can be filed by the applicant.
*For L-1B applicants,
the petitioning employer must also apply for a Labor
for accompanying relatives
- The spouse of the L-1 visa holder is eligible for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and can work.
- Dependent relatives (children under 21) of L1 visa holders are eligible for L-2 visas and can attend school, but are not entitled to work.
- L-2 status may be renewed when the L-1 visa is renewed.
For more information about L1 visas, or to begin the application
process, click here to let our experienced
immigration attorneys assist you. Our initial 30 minute consultation
L-1 Visa or E Visa: What is the best option?
There are two types of investor visas: immigrant
investor visa or green card (EB-5) and non-immigrant investor visa (E-2). Foreign or multinational companies
have the option of investing in a new or existing US business
using an investor visa, or opening a US branch of their business
and transferring their employees (L-1) or hiring local employees.
Unlike an E-2 investor visa, an L1 visa can
lead to a green card. However, the owner of a business that
can invest at least $1,000,000 in a US business can obtain
a green card through the immigrant investor visa program (EB-5).
Please click here to read more about investor
Blanket L1 visa:
Large multinational companies that regularly transfer employees
to U.S. branches or affiliates may apply for blanket L-1 status
to expedite the visa process by bypassing the petition stage. Click here to learn
more about this type of visa.
Immigration Law Offices help my business?
Law Offices can help corporate personnel departments and their
transferees gather and complete all the necessary documentation
and application forms for a blanket L-1 visa or an L-1 visa.
For more information about L-1 visas, or to begin the application
process, click here to let our experienced immigration attorneys
assist you. Our initial
30 minute consultation is FREE. Click here to contact us.
The spouse or child under the age of 21 of the holder of an
immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, who is accompanying them to
The first step in receiving an employment-based
immigrant visa for certain classes of workers. The potential
US employer must first undergo an elaborate and often lengthy
process of advertising the position, based on specific instructions
from the US Department of Labor, to ensure that no qualified
American workers are available to perform the job before hiring
the foreign worker.
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