This visa category applies to someone who has worked for at least one (1) year for a foreign company with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate office in the U.S. These workers come to the U.S. as intra-company transferees who are coming temporarily to perform services either 1) in a managerial or executive capacity (L-1A) or 2) in a specialized knowledge (L-1B) capacity for a parent, branch, subsidiary or affiliate of the same employer that employed the professional abroad. There is currently no annual cap on L-1 visas. Multinational companies use this visa to transfer workers who meet the L-1 legal standard.
Our office helps multinational companies with the following:
Spouses and children (under 21) of individuals who hold valid L-1 worker status are eligible for L-2 dependent status. A spouse in L-2 dependent status can also obtain work authorization (EAD).
If you are interested in obtaining L-1 status or sponsoring an employee, please contact us to speak with one of our business immigration attorneys.