The basic idea behind an L1 visa is to allow employees of international companies that operate both inside and outside of the US to be transferred from an international branch to the US branch. In terms of the requirements, here is what’s needed:
- The prospective company (“company”) must have a qualifying relationshipwith a foreign company, such as a parent company, branch office, subsidiary, or affiliate of the foreign company. These are collectively referred to as qualifying entities or qualifying organizations and can include corporations, non-profits, religious or charitable organizations.
- The company must be, or will be, doing business as an employer in the U.S. and in at least one other country directly or through a qualifying organization for the duration of the beneficiary’s stay in the U.S. as an L-1.
- The applicant employee (“employee”) must have been employed for the overseas company in an executive or managerial position, otherwise known as a qualifying position. The employee must be coming to the U.S. to provide service in an executive or managerial capacity for a branch of the same employer or one of its qualifying organizations.
- The employee must have worked for the overseas company for a continuous period of one year within the three years prior to his / her entry to the U.S.
- The employee must be qualified for the position from his / her prior education and experience.
As you can see, there are a bunch of requirements, all of which must be proved with certainty. The process becomes easier with the help of an immigration attorney, who will be familiar with the process and able to work with you through the application phase to make sure that you can meet all the requirements. If you are looking for an experienced immigration attorney to help you get your visa or if you just have more questions I invite you to visit. Our legal platform connects foreign entrepreneurs with immigration attorneys for a free consultation and no obligation price quotes. Hope this helps.