L-1 Visa

The L-1 intracompany transfer visa is one of the employment-based non-immigrant visas that allows employers to transfer executives, managers, and specialized knowledge employees from one of the organization’s foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. 

What are the types of L-1 Visa?

There are two (2) types of L-1 Visa: 

  1. L1-A Visa- this visa is for intracompany transferees who work in managerial or executive positions in a company that is located outside the United States.

    To qualify for L1-A visa category, you must:
    • Have been working for a qualifying company outside the United States for one (1) year within the past three (3) years immediately before your admission to the U.S.; and
    • Have an interest in coming to the U.S. to provide your skills in a managerial or executive position for a branch of the same employer or a qualifying organization.
  2. L1-B Visa- this visa is for intracompany transferees who work in positions requiring specialized knowledge. An applicant may be considered with specialized knowledge if they have: 

  • Special knowledge of the petitioning employer’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, management, or other interests and its applications in international markets; or
  • Advanced knowledge in the organization’s specific processes and procedures that is not commonly found in the relevant industry.

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