L-1 Visas for Intracompany Transferees
DALLAS L-1 VISA ATTORNEYS
United States employers can transfer executives who work in foreign offices to U.S. based offices under the L-1 visa program.
The program isn’t available to everyone, though – and it requires employers to meet certain criteria. There are two types of L-1 visas: The L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager and the L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge visa.
Here’s what you need to know about the program and each type of visa it covers.
The L-1 Visa Program
An L-1 visa is a document a worker can use to enter the U.S. to work for an international company here – but only if they already work for the company in another country. It’s a nonimmigrant visa, which means it doesn’t set the stage for future citizenship, and it’s only valid for a short period of time. Usually, it can last between 3 months and 5 years. However, in some cases, employers can extend the visa – but the maximum stay is 7 years. The duration is based on a reciprocity schedule with certain countries.
These visas are available only to employees of an international company that has offices in the U.S. and in one or more foreign countries. The workers must meet certain conditions in order to use the L-1 visa program.