The L-1A visa category is for international executive and managerial transferees, and is reserved for such employees (or principals) of multinational companies who are coming to a US based operation on a temporary basis. The L-1B visa is for international transferees who have specialized knowledge about the company’s products or processes, to the extent it would not be feasible to train a U.S. worker to perform their necessary duties.
Successful L-1A and L-1B visa petitions must include evidence that the applicant had been employed as an executive, high level manager, or in a specialized knowledge capacity, for the affiliated entity abroad for at least one full year (of the past three preceding entry into the U.S.), and will also continue to work in the United States in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity.
The U.S. and foreign entities must be related as a branch, parent, subsidiary, joint venture partner or affiliate, and must enjoy a commonality of majority ownership and managerial control. The U.S. entity must also have been doing business for at least 1 year, and the foreign entity from which the beneficiary was transferred must continue to operate.
Surowitz Immigration, P.C.’s immigration attorneys have a longstanding record of positive outcomes in relation to the L-1 visa processes. If you have questions about obtaining a L-1 international transferees visa or would like more information, contact us today.