- USA H1B VISA
- USA EB5 Visa
- Canada Immigration
- Australia Immigration
- USA Immigration
- European Work Permit
All L1A Visa
Executive or Manager employees, which includes business owners, or L1B Visa
specialized knowledge employees must have been employed outside of the USA for
one year in the last three years by a company that has common ownership with
the (new or existing) US company they plan to work for under the L1 scheme.
documentation must be provided to show ownership and control of the overseas
business and the US business and that the businesses are operational. Although
for new US offices, the documentation requirements are lower for the US-based
company. The documentation must be provided in duplicate for the USCIS unless
it is a large company with blanket filing.
· The overseas employment must have been for a
consecutive period of at least one year in the last three years.
· The overseas employment must have been in an
executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge worker role to count towards L1
abroad as specialized knowledge workers may be able to come to the United
States as an L1A Manager or Executive, while those working previously abroad as
a manager or executive can come as an L1B specialized knowledge worker.
You need to provide
detailed documentation that the L1A executive's and manager's criteria are met
– they must generally supervise other professional or managerial staff and/or
direct and control the day-to-day operations of a significant function, unit,
or subdivision of the overseas employer.
It can be even more
difficult coming under the L1B specialized knowledge worker visa criteria.
Under the L1B visa, you need to be familiar with the employer's specific
products, procedures, or methods to qualify for this visa.
Offer Letters, ID
Cards, Business Hierarchy, Proof of Salary, Tax Returns, Employee specialized
knowledge proofs, Job Responsibilities & many other documents are needed
from the foreign company & US employer.
· An L1A status is valid for up to seven years
· An L1B status is valid for five years.
including spouses and dependent children, of L1 visa holders, can come to the
US on an L2 dependent visa. L2 spouses must be legally married to the L1 visa
holder, and L2 children must be unmarried and under age 21. L2 visa duration is
for the same period of time as the spouse’s L1 visa.
Question: What is
an L1 visa and who is eligible for it?
Answer: An L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows multinational
companies to transfer their employees to the United States. To be eligible,
employees must have worked for the company abroad for at least one year.
Question: Can L1
visa holders bring their dependents with them?
Answer: Yes, L1 visa holders can bring their spouse and unmarried
children under the age of 21 to the United States on an L2 dependent visa. L2
visa holders are also allowed to work in the U.S. after obtaining proper work
Question: What is
the maximum duration of stay on an L1 visa?
Answer: For L1A visa holders, the initial period of stay is up to 3
years, with a maximum extension of 7 years. L1B visa holders have an initial
period of stay of up to 3 years, with a maximum extension of 5 years.
Question: Is it possible to change employers while on an
Answer: No, L1 visa holders cannot change employers as the visa is
specific to the sponsoring company. However, L1A visa holders have the option
to file for an employment-based immigrant visa (Green Card) while remaining
with the same employer.
Question: Can L1
visa holders apply for permanent residency in the U.S.?
Answer: Yes, L1 visa holders can apply for permanent residency (Green
Card) through their employer by meeting the requirements of the
employment-based immigrant visa category. This process involves obtaining a labour
certification and complying with other immigration regulations.