An L-1 visa is a temporary visa permitting foreign nationals who work for a company with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate in the United States to come to the United States as an intracompany transferee or to open an office in the United States. The L-1 visa is open to both large and small companies. There are no limits as to the number of L-1 visas the U.S. will grant annually.
U.S. or foreign employers must submit the application, supporting documentation and filing fee. Once the application is approved, the employee applies for the visa.
To obtain an L-1 visa you must show that:
If the purpose of the visa holder is to open a new office, additional documentation is required, such as proof that a location to house the business is secured.
Generally, an L-1 is valid for 3 to 7 years. If the L-1 is being used to open a new office, the visa will be issued for 1 year.
Spouses of L-1 holders and their children under the age of 21 are entitled to L-2 status, but may not use the L-2 to work.
As long as the U.S. business has been operating for at least one year, an L-1 holder may apply for a green card.
Immigration law is very complicated and changes every year. By speaking with an immigration attorney you can determine if you and your company meet the requirements for an L-1 visa. An immigration lawyer can also advise you on which documents are required for each application.
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