L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa, allowing foreign or multinational companies to enter the U.S.
The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa, which allows foreign nationals working in foreign or multinational companies to enter the U.S. to manage a multinational organization or a major function or division of any related organization. The work done in the U.S. must be in a managerial, executive, or key employee position.
To qualify for the L-1 visa, first of all, the U.S. company you are being transferred to must be a branch, subsidiary, or affiliate partner with your previous non-U.S. employer.
Also, the manner of your employment in the U.S. must be as a manager, executive, or employee with exceptional skills and abilities.
An advantage of the L-1 visa over work visas like H-1B is that it does not require any specific educational background. Another advantage is that your dependents are able to obtain work authorization.
Employers on a tight budget can also be assured that they are not required to pay the worker the prevailing wage. Also, L-1 visas are available year-round and are not subject to a cap.
L-1 visa petitions are one of the most complicated visa petitions to correctly document. A professional understanding of the legal definitions relating to the U.S. organization and the candidate is vital in order to prepare an effective case.
First-hand knowledge of what the immigration service expects to receive from the petitioner is essential to a successful petition.
To discuss if this is the right visa for you and if you can qualify under this category, please feel free to contact us.