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The Law Offices of Alice Antonovsky, PLLC takes pride in helping its clients legalize their status in the United States, apply for the right kind of visa and keep their families together through the most suitable application method.
What Is An L1 Visa?

The non immigrant L1 visa facilitates foreign workers being transferred by their employer to enter the United States. Foreign workers may be transferred to the US to manage an entire organization, a division or major function of any related organization.

If you apply for an L1 visa and your petition is approved, you will be transferred to the country and work for that U.S. company related to the one employing you outside of the U.S. Besides, you may travel in and out of the country or stay here continuously up till your L1 status expires. Last but not least, once your visa application is approved, you may avail of L2 visas for accompanying relatives, including your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age.

To be eligible for this particular visa, the U.S. company to which you are being transferred should be a subsidiary, affiliate, branch or joint venture partner of your current non-U.S. employer. Additionally, you must be employed in the U.S. company as a manager, person with specialized skills and knowledge or executive.

If you wish to check for further visa qualification requirements for foreign workers, schedule a private consultation with Alice Antonovsky, immigration specialist.

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L1 Visa Basics: The Difference Between the L1-A and L1-B Visa

The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa category in the United States that allows multinational companies to transfer certain employees from their foreign offices to their U.S. offices. The L-1 visa has two subcategories: L-1A and L-1B. The primary difference between L-1A and L-1B visas lies in the type of employees they are designed for and the qualifications required

L-1A Visa

The L-1A visa is for intracompany transferees who are managers or executives. Here are some key points about the L-1A visa:

1. Qualifications: To be eligible for an L-1A visa, the employee must have been working for the foreign company for at least one continuous year within the three years preceding the application and must be coming to the U.S. to manage or direct the U.S. office or a major function or subdivision of it.

2. Job Role: L-1A visa holders typically occupy managerial or executive positions. They are responsible for managing employees, making important decisions, and overseeing operations.

3. Duration: Initially, L-1A visa holders are granted a stay of up to three years. Extensions can be granted in two-year increments, up to a maximum stay of seven years.

L-1B Visa

The L-1B visa is for intracompany transferees with specialized knowledge. Here are the key points about the L-1B visa:

1. Qualifications: To be eligible for an L-1B visa, the employee must have specialized knowledge of the company's products, services, processes, or procedures, and have been working for the foreign company for at least one continuous year within the three years preceding the application.

2. Job Role: L-1B visa holders have a specialized role that requires in-depth knowledge of the company's products or processes. They are not managers or executives but are considered key employees due to their specialized knowledge.

3. Duration: Like the L-1A visa, the L-1B visa is initially granted for up to three years, with the possibility of extensions in two-year increments, up to a maximum stay of five years.

Both L-1A and L-1B visa holders may be eligible to apply for permanent residency (green card) through employment-based categories if they meet the requirements and their employer sponsors them.

Contact Immigration Attorney Alice Antonovsky for:

  • L1 visas processing assistance
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Waivers
  • Employment-Based Permanent Residency
  • Family Reunification
  • Special Programs and Treaties
  • Political Asylum

3 Things You Need to Know
About L1 Visas

Any employee who has worked for a company or corporation for at least one year as Executive or Manager in the preceding three qualifies as an L1 Executive.
One of the limitations of this visa is that you are only allowed to work for the U.S. employer who acted as your visa sponsor.
After signing the documents, it may take between two and four months to process a normal L1 visa and one and three weeks to process an L1 visa covered by an L1 Blanket approval.
Key Facts About L1 Visas
You can get visa approval for up to three years on L1 visa. Extensions of two years are possible until you have been in the country for seven years if you are an executive or manager, for five years if you enter the U.S. as a specialized knowledge employee.
The L1A visa is for executives and managers. On L1A visa you can apply for a Green Card with no need of going through Labor Certification. The L1B visa is specifically for key employees like computer programmers and accountants. You must have special knowledge of the company's procedures and products.
To speed up the process of applying for an L1 visa, the USCIS came up with a program called Premium Processing. The USCIS guarantees the petition will be adjudicated in 15 days or notify you if further evidence is needed if paid an extra amount of $1,000 on a separate check.
L-1 Visas F.A.Q

A foreign national may work for an existing or new branch or subsidiary of the overseas company established in the United States as an executive or manager of this company or as a specialized knowledge employee with the intracompany transfer L1 visa if they have done so continuously for at least one of the three years prior to the application.

The foreign L-1 transferee must be looking to enter the United States in order to fill a managerial, executive, or specialized position. As a result, the application will need to show that the prospective transferee is qualified to hold an executive or managerial position within the U.S. organization and has the necessary expertise and experience to do so.

In order to qualify as an employer, a U.S. business must "have a qualifying relationship with a foreign business," which is described as a parent firm, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate.

Any corporation may apply for an L-1 visa as long as the parties have an international qualifying relationship.

The L-1 visa has extensive documentation requirements. To establish all the facts required by immigration laws, the petitioner must present documents from the foreign corporation that serve as self-attestation.

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