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L1A and L1B Multinational Transfers

Transferring to the United States Through Your Company  ​

There are many different options for people seeking to come to the United States by transferring from a company abroad to a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate company in the United States.

U.S. employers may apply to transfer an executive or manager from an affiliated foreign office to another that resides in the United States with the L-1A nonimmigrant visa. The L-1A nonimmigrant visa is also for foreign companies looking to establish an affiliated office in the United States. The L-1A temporary work visa provides a total stay of seven years for managers and executives.  You may qualify if you supervise professional employees, manage an essential function of the organization, and have been working for the company for one continuous year prior to your admission to the United States. Once in the United States you must be working at a branch or qualifying organization of the same employer in order to qualify for the L-1A visa. 

​The L-1B visa is granted to employees with specialized knowledge of the company's products, technologies, or services.  The maximum stay in the L-1B visa category is five years.

Multinational managers and executives can qualify for a fast-track to permanent residency through the employment-based first preference category (the EB1).  Those with specialized knowledge must prove that there are no qualified U.S. workers through the labor certification process to gain permanent residency in America.

​Transferring employees may apply for their spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age to accompany them by submitting an L-2 nonimmigrant visa. If approved L-2 applicants are generally approved for the same period of stay as the employee. L-2 spouses also have the option to apply for work authorization and once approved they may work where ever they please. 

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