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What is a L-1 Visa?

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.

Who qualifies for an L-1 Visa?

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.

What are the benefits of applying under this visa category in St. Louis?

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.

How can an immigration lawyer help in this process?

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.