L-1: The Visa For Valuable Foreign Transferees

In 1970, Congress created the intracompany transferee visa, better known as the L-1. The purpose of this visa was to give multinational companies a way to move important workers on a temporary basis to locations in the U.S.

There are two kinds of L-1 visas. The first is the L-1A visa, for executives and managers. The second is the L-1B visa, for specialized knowledge workers — workers who may not be executives or managers but who nonetheless possess deep knowledge of the company's products and processes.

The law firm of Harrison-Donaldson has effected the transfer of scores of highly skilled L-1 employees for business clients across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In some cases, large companies are allowed to apply for multiple L-1 visas on a batch basis, naming multiple intracompany transferees on a single petition. Our attorneys can help with this documentation.

The L-1 visa is also an appealing option because spouses of L-1 visitors are eligible for the L-2 visa, which allows them to work in the U.S. Spouses and dependents of H-1B visitors are not extended this privilege.

Further comparisons of the L-1 and H-1B visas


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