An L-1 is a non-immigrant visa generally available to executives and managers of a company with offices in both the applicant’s country and the U.S. It requires the employee, referred to as an “intracompany transferee,” to have worked in the foreign office for at least one year within three years prior to application. The L-1 visa may also be used to open a new U.S. office.
An L-1 visa was first created for large corporations to transfer their employees to the U.S., but startups and small businesses are now also utilizing this visa. A related, but different, visa is the L-1B which is designed to accommodate individuals who are not managers or executives, but have specialized knowledge.
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