L-1A & L-1B Visa for Intracompany Transferees
What is a L-1 Visa?
L-1 visas provide temporary work status for a foreign national employee to transfer from an employer abroad to work in the United States for a qualifying U.S. employer in either managerial/executive capacity (L-1A) or specialized knowledge capacity (L-1B):
- The foreign employee must have been employed abroad with an affiliate, parent, branch, or subsidiary of the U.S. employer
- The foreign employee must have worked for the company abroad for a continuous period of one year within the three (3) years preceding the filing of the petition or admission into the U.S.
- The foreign employee must have worked for that company abroad in either a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.
Applying for an L-1 visa
The employer must file a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, including any fees, on the employee’s behalf.
Period of Stay
L-1A (manager/executive) classification can be extended to seven years, while an L-1B (specialized knowledge) caps at five years. The initial period of authorized stay is three years. For U.S. start-up companies, an L-1A petition is approved for one year.
Can my family accompany me?
Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age are eligible to apply for L-2 derivative status. Work authorization is also available for spouses on L-2 status.