L-1 INTRACOMPANY TRANSFEREE
The L-1 visa permits the transfer to the United States, of a foreign national who is working abroad for a company
that has a branch or affiliate in the United States or wants to open a
branch or affiliate in the United States. This visa also permits United States
companies with branches or affiliates abroad to transfer their foreign nationals to the United States. The foreign national
must have been employed by the company abroad for at least one year out of the past three years in either a managerial or
executive capacity (the L-1A visa), or as a person with specialized knowledge (the L-1B visa).
The L-1 visa may be approved for an initial period of three years. The L-1A visa may be extended for a maximum period of seven years; the L-1B for five years. For new branches or affiliates in the United States,
the initial period is only one year. Extensions beyond the initial one year require
proof of business activity
The foreign national’s spouse and minor children are eligible for the L-2 visa. Recent law permits the spouse to work in the United States.
Intracompany transferees under the L-1A visa may apply for the “green card” without
going through the labor certification procedure.