L-1 Vizesi: Vize Başvurunuz İçin Nihai Kılavuz

L1 vizesi nedir?

L1 vizesi, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde yaşamak ve çalışmak isteyenler için avantajlı bir vize seçeneğidir. Bu kılavuzda L1 vizesi hakkında bilmeniz gereken her şeyi ayrıntılı olarak tartışıyoruz.

L1 vizesi, uluslararası şirketlerin çalışanları için geçerli olan göçmen olmayan bir vize türüdür. Ek olarak, bu tür uluslararası şirketlerin hak kazanabilmeleri için Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde ve yurtdışında ofisleri olmalıdır. Yabancı çalışanlar, son 3 yıl içinde en az 1 yıl kesintisiz olarak yurtdışında çalıştıktan sonra Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ne yerleşebilir.

İçindekiler

L1 vizesi ne kadar süreyle geçerlidir?

L1 vizesi, karşılıklılık planına bağlı olarak 3 aydan beş yıla kadar geçerlidir. Amerika Birleşik Devletleri yasaları, ülkenin Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Vatandaşlarına yönelik muamelesine dayalı olarak vize ücretleri ve geçerlilikleri talep eder. Bu, L1 vizenizin geçerliliğinin menşe ülkenizin Amerika Birleşik Devletleri ile karşılıklılığına bağlı olduğu anlamına gelir.

L1A vizesi için maksimum kalış süresi yedi yıl iken, uzatmalar sağlandığında L1B için beş yıldır.

L1 vizesi çok girişli bir vize midir?

Evet! L1 vizesi ile, vizenizin geçerli olduğu süre boyunca Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ne giriş ve çıkış yapabilirsiniz. Bunun anlamı sizin için daha fazla özgürlük.

Kaç çeşit L1 vizesi vardır?

L1 vizesi kapsamında iki tür vize kategorisi vardır. L1A vizesi yöneticiler ve yöneticiler içindir, L1-B vizesi ise uzmanlık bilgisi olan işçiler içindir. Uluslararası şirketler, çalışanlarını bu iki vize kategorisi kapsamında transfer edebilir.

L1A: Yöneticiler/Yöneticiler

İşverenlerin L1 vizesi için değerlendirebilecekleri bir seçenek, çalışanları Yönetici veya Yönetici kategorisine atamaktır. Bu daha yaygın olarak L1A olarak bilinir. Bu tür L1 vizesiyle, çalışanın denetim veya yönetim sorumlulukları olmalıdır. Bu işlevler planlama, organize etme, yönlendirme ve kontrol etmeyi içerir. Bu sorumlulukları yerine getiren personele başlangıçta üç yıllık bir L1A vizesi verilir, kalış süreleri iki yılda bir, toplamda en fazla yedi yıla kadar uzatılabilir.

L1B: Uzmanlaşmış bilgi

L1 vizesinin ikinci alt kategorisi, uzmanlık bilgisi olan işçiler için olan L1B vizesidir. L1B, şirketin hizmetleri, sistemleri, teknikleri ve prosedürleri hakkında bilgi sahibi olan çalışanlar içindir. Vize başvurusu yaparken, daha yüksek bir onay şansı için bunu tam olarak açıklamanız gerekir. Bunun nedeni, şirket hakkında özel bilgiye sahip olmanın tanımının zaman zaman oldukça belirsiz olabilmesidir. L1B vizesi verildiğinde, genellikle üç yıl geçerlidir ve en fazla beş yıla kadar uzatılabilir.

L1B'den L1A'ya geçebilir miyim?

L1B statüsündeki işçilerin işverenleri, çalışanlarının L1B statüsünün L1A olarak değiştirilmesi için dilekçe verebilir. Bunu yapmak, bireyin bir yönetim veya yönetici pozisyonuna geçmesine izin verir. Ayrıca, L1B statüsüne sahip bir çalışanın, tipik olarak L1A çalışanlarına sağlanan 7 yılın tamamına hak kazanabilmesi için, dilekçenin, çalışanın ABD’ye ulaşmasından en az 6 ay önce Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Vatandaşlık ve Göçmenlik Hizmetleri (USCIS) tarafından onaylanması gerekir. L1B statüsü altında izin verilen maksimum 5 yıllık kalış süreleri.

L1 ve L2 vizeleri arasındaki fark nedir?

L1 vize kategorilerine ek olarak, L1 vizesi ile yakından ilgili olan L2 tipi vize vardır.

L1 vize sahiplerinin bakmakla yükümlü olduğu kişilere L2 vizesi verilir. L2 vizesinin onaylanabilmesi için eşin L1 vize sahibi ile yasal olarak evli olması ve çocukların evli olmaması ve 21 yaşından büyük olmaması gerekmektedir. Ayrıca L2 vizeleri, L1 vizesi geçerli olduğu sürece geçerlidir.

L1 dilekçesi nedir?

L1 vizesinin ne olduğunu ve farklı türlerini öğrendikten sonraki adım, dilekçe vermektir.

Dilekçe, USCIS’in bir L1 vize başvuru sahibiyle ilgili işverenin ve geçici çalışmanın vize için temel yeterliliği karşıladığını nasıl belirlediğidir. Bunları bir elçilik veya konsoloslukta değil, ABD’de dosyalamalısınız. ABD’li işveren veya yabancı işveren, L1 vizesi için dilekçeyi USCIS’e sunabilir.

Önceki başarısız dilekçelerin koşulları değişmedikçe, daha önceki dilekçelerin durumunu belirtmek ve mevcut dilekçenizi vermeyeceğinizi belgelemek gerekir. .

Bir işverenin kullanmaya karar verebileceği iki tür dilekçe vardır: bireysel dilekçeler ve genel dilekçeler.

L1 vize başvurunuz, dilekçenizin dosyalanmasıyla başlar.

L1 Bireysel Dilekçe

Şirketin yalnızca tek bir çalışanı transfer etmeyi tercih ettiği durumlar vardır. Bu durumda, bireysel bir L1 dilekçesi vermek mantıklı olacaktır. Bireysel bir dilekçe için başvuruda bulunurken işveren, her aday için bireysel bir L1A veya L1B vize başvurusu yapmak üzere bir göçmenlik avukatıyla birlikte çalışabilir.

Kapsamlı talep

İşverenlerin dikkate alabileceği başka bir seçenek de genel dilekçedir. Bu, birden fazla çalışanın tek bir dilekçede devredilmesinin dilekçesi ile ilgilidir. Toplu dilekçe vermenin bir avantajı, bireysel bir dilekçeden daha az zaman alıcı olmasıdır. Kapsamlı bir dilekçeyle şirketler, çalışanlarının uygunluğunu tekrar tekrar kanıtlamak zorunda değil.

L1 vizem için dilekçe verirken ABD'ye ziyaretçi vizesi veya Vize Muafiyeti ile gelebilir miyim?

Evet, yapabilirsiniz. Ancak, vize muafiyeti planı gibi ziyaretçi vizesi ile Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ne girdikten sonra iş olarak kabul edilen faaliyetlere izin verilmez. Bu kuralın istisnası, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ne H1B vizesi yerine B1 gibi bir vize ile geliyor olmanızdır.

L1 vize başvurusu için genel şartlar: L1 vizesini nasıl alabilirim?

L1 vizesi, çok belgeli bir vize türüdür. Doğru belgelere sahip olmanın yanı sıra, önceden bilmeniz gereken süreçler de vardır. Bu, L1 vizenizin verildiğinden emin olmanız içindir. Ancak, L1 vizenizi güvence altına almak için ihtiyaç duyacağınız tüm bilgileri derlediğimiz için endişelenmenize gerek yok. L1 vizeniz için nasıl başvuracağınız aşağıda açıklanmıştır:

Doğru belgelere sahip olmak, sürecin geri kalanını sizin için kolaylaştırır.

L1 v​isa gerekli belgeler nelerdir?

L1 Vize dilekçeniz için aşağıdaki belgelere ihtiyacınız olacak:

  • Mevcut ve eski pasaportlar (varsa)
  • En son pasaport boyutunda fotoğraf
  • Tamamlanan Form DS-160
  • Mülakat randevu mektubu (aslı ve fotokopisi)
  • I-129 dilekçenizin makbuz numarası ve fiziksel bir kopyası
  • Vize düzenleme ücreti talep taslağı
  • Önceki işverenlerden iş deneyimi mektupları
  • Alınan eğitim sertifikaları, derece (fotokopi ile aslı)
  • Devam et
  • Önceki 6 aya ait banka kayıtları
  • ABD şirketi ile ilgili bilgiler
  • Çalışılan yerin fotoğrafları
  • Önceki işlerden iki iş arkadaşının iletişim bilgileri

L1 vizesi alma süreci nedir?

Daha kolay anlaşılması için vize başvuru sürecini iki ana adıma ayırdık.

ABD Vatandaşlık ve Göçmenlik Hizmetlerine (USCIS) Form I-129 + hem ABD şirketinin hem de yabancı ana/bağ/bağlı/bağlı/şubenin yasa ve yönetmeliklere uygun olduğunu gösteren destekleyici belgelerle dilekçe verilmesi.

USCIS tarafından bir Eylem Bildirimi üzerine verilen Form I-129’un onay bildirimi (Form I-797). Çalışan, ikamet ettiği ülkedeki ABD konsolosluğuna/elçiliğine vize başvurusunda bulunabilir.

Kimler L1 vizesi alabilir?

L1 vizesine hak kazanmak için işvereniniz için en az son 3 yıl içinde sürekli 1 yıl çalışmış olmanız gerekir . İşvereniniz, Birleşik Devletler şirketinin ABD dışındaki bir yan kuruluşu, ana şirketi veya bağlı kuruluşu veya şubesi olmalıdır.

L1A vizesine başvuran çalışanlar için başka gereksinimler de vardır. İlk olarak, çalışanın yönetici veya yönetici pozisyonunda olması gerekir. İkinci olarak, kuruluşları için yönetim veya yürütme kapasitesinde hizmet sağlamak amacıyla ABD’ye seyahat ediyor olmalıdırlar.

L1B vizesine başvururken, çalışanların özel hizmetler sunmak için şirketle birlikte çalışması gerekir.

Amerika Birleşik Devletleri'nde L1 vizesine başvurabilir misiniz?

Evet! Halihazırda Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde bulunuyorsanız, statü değişikliği için başvurabilirsiniz. En önemlisi, bunu Form I-129’u doldurduğunuz sırada hala statüdeyken yapmalısınız.

L1 vizesinin onaylanması ne kadar sürer?

Konsolosluk memuru, uygun niteliklere sahip olduğunuzu ve hem ABD şirketinin hem de yabancı şirketin meşru olduğunu tespit ettiğinde, onaylanmış bir L1 vizeniz olabilir.

Normal bir L1 vize dilekçesini işleme koymak genellikle iki ila dört ay sürer. Bununla birlikte, bunun yerine premium işlemeyi seçerseniz, işlem süresi önemli ölçüde azaltılabilir. Ayrıca, kapsamlı bir dilekçe ise, işlem süresi yalnızca bir ila üç haftadır.

L1 vize ücreti ne kadar?

L1 vizesi için ücretler, 325 $’lık dosyalama ücreti, 500 $’lık tespit ve sahtekarlığı önleme ücreti dahil olmak üzere, premium işlemle birlikte genellikle yaklaşık 4.300 $’dır. Ayrıca, premium işleme ihtiyaç duymanız durumunda 1.440 $ ek ücret ödeyebilirsiniz. Ayrıca, koşullara bağlı olarak 2.250 ABD doları ek ücret uygulanabilir.

Preparation is key to ensure a smooth interview.

L1 visa interview tips

A consular officer will interview you in person before issuing your L1 visa. To prepare for this, you should follow these interview tips:

  1. Arrive at the interview 15-30 minutes earlier.
  2. Make sure that you have your required documentation in proper order.
  3. Before the interview, you should also go through and study all of your documents thoroughly.
  4. You don’t have to try to impress the interviewer by sounding overtly smart and using technical words.
  5. Be honest with your answers. If you don’t know the answer to the question, you can just say so.
  6. Be prepared to explain and justify what you have said with all your answers. However, try your best to be concise with your answers and do not give out too many unnecessary details.
  7. Do not be nervous. Just relax and be confident!

What is premium processing for the L1 visa?

Premium Processing is a program of the USCIS wherein if you pay an extra $1,440, they can guarantee that they will settle the petition in 15 days including weekends and holidays. Otherwise, the USCIS will notify you if they will need more evidence. You can refer to this as an RFE or a Request for Further Evidence

How many L1 visas do they issue each year?

According to a report since the year 2000 released by the USCIS, they issue more than 100,000 visas annually. Moreover, there have been reports of around 165,178 L-category visas issued in the year 2016 alone.

Is there any limit on the number of L1 visas available in a year?

There are no limits as to the number of L1 visas available in a given year. However, it is important to note that petitioning for an L1 visa, especially an individual L1 visa, can be very document-heavy and complicated. Therefore, even if there is no L1 visa quota, the number of petitions you would be able to submit in a year may be limited.

L1 visa denial reasons

Visa denial may occur under the following circumstances:

1 The consular officer determines that the U.S. company that filed the L1 petition may not qualify or does not intend to continue in business after the L1 visa issuance.

2 USCIS approved the petition based on fraud committed by the company or visa applicant

3 The applicant is ineligible under section 212(a) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act

4 Consular officer requests for reconsideration of the petition by the USCIS.

The L1 visa is full of advantages for you, your employer, and your family.

L1 visa advantages

What are the benefits of an L1 visa?

There are two subcategories for L1 visas: the L1A visa for managers and executives, and the L1-B visa for employees with specialized knowledge. Both have their own requirements and duration of stay which you must take note of whether you’re an employee or employer of a multinational company. What is common, however, is that these subcategories of L1 visas possess certain benefits that other work visa classifications do not have depending on your immigration situation.

Employee benefits:

For employees, the L1 visa possesses numerous benefits that put it to an advantage compared to other work visas.

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Firstly, the L1 visa has relatively low requirements and only requires that you be a manager, executive, or specialized employee in a multinational company for qualification. This opens up opportunities for people that otherwise would not receive work visas. For instance, the O-1 visa requires applicants to show exemplary ability based on international awards or substantial salaries; on the other hand, only Canadian and Mexican citizens can get the TN visa; and lastly, the E2 visa requires substantial business investment in the US.

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Secondly, as a qualified L1 visa applicant, you are already employed under a U.S. company that will sponsor you. This lies in stark contrast to visa types such as the H-1B, J-1, or TN visa which all require you to find a sponsor employer company beforehand, which may prove to be difficult for many applicants.

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Thirdly, L1 visas have no annual limits on the number of petitions accepted in the US per year. This is beneficial compared to other visas such as the H-1B visa which, though similar, have strict annual limits to the number of petitions approved, and also go through random selection for approving visas making it very difficult and up to chance whether you receive such a visa amongst numerous other applicants in a large pool.

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Fourthly, L1 visa holders, particularly L1A visa holders, have longer periods of stays than certain types of work visas. The L1A visa allows holders to receive an initial three years of stay in the U.S., which you can extend to a maximum of seven years, surpassing the maximum of six years on the H-1B work visa, and the five years maximum of the J-1 visa. However, your stay may only extend up to five years which is a disadvantage in comparison to other work visas if you’re an L1-B visa holder.

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Fifthly, one of the most notable benefits of L1 visas is that you do not need to have a college degree to qualify. This is particularly advantageous in comparison to the H-1B visa and others which require a certain level of education that may prevent you from receiving the opportunity to work in the US, based on your particular circumstances.

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Sixthly, you may opt to bring your spouse and children with you. Your spouse is also allowed to work under a dependent L-2 visa after qualifying for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which can be very beneficial as it allows your family to make additional income if needed.

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Finally, the USCIS considers the L1 visa to be “dual intent,” meaning that you may opt to pursue permanent lawful residence during your stay in the US. This likes in sharp contrast to work visas such as the J-1 and TN visas which consider the pursuing of a green card as a violation which involves consequences with the USCIS.

Employer benefits:

There are additional benefits too for multinational employers who opt for their employees to pursue this type of visa to be able to work in the U.S.

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Firstly, employers can utilize the blanket visa option which enables them to file only a single petition for many employees, vastly reducing the amount of paperwork required for each employee. It is available if the companies have either a combined revenue of at least $25 million or a minimum of 1,000 employees in the U.S. This option is highly beneficial for large companies that require the presence of numerous employees in the U.S within short notice.

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Secondly, multinational employers who do not have an office or branch in the U.S. may opt to send an employee under an L1 visa to establish one. There are a few limitations to the process, but upon successfully establishing an office, the U.S. employer may then send multiple L1 holders to work there.

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Lastly, the L1 visa does not require that an employer obtains a Labor Condition Application certification before petitioning for the transfer of an employee. Though the process itself isn’t difficult or costly on its own, sending an increasing number of employees will add up the costs in time and capital, which L1 visa holders do not have to go through.

Disadvantages might work for your advantage.

L1 visa disadvantages

Though the L1 visa has numerous advantages, it is not free from limitations. To make your decision, you need to know the full picture. Therefore, we have listed below some of the L1 visa’s disadvantages. Depending on your circumstance, these disadvantages might just work for your advantage.

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Firstly, there is the fact that the L1 visa requires you to already be employed under a multinational company that is large enough to have a branch or an office in the US. Additionally, you must have worked in this company for at least one full year in the past three years prior to your entry to the US. This may be particularly difficult for employees who are new to a particular company. However skilled they may be, this restriction prevents them from entering the US.

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Secondly, the L1 visa differs from other work visas in the strict limitation to the maximum period of stay. For example, the L1-A visa allows holders to work up to seven years, but you cannot exceed this for any reason. This contrasts from visas such as the H-1B or J-1 which allows extensions past the maximum. Some visas even allow unlimited extensions such as the O-1 and E2 visas — however, L1 visa holders must deal with the limit that they are only granted one extension after their first three years of stay. Past this extension, they must then either change their visa status or apply for another L1 visa.

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Thirdly, only multinational sponsor companies that have, or plan to have a branch, subsidiary, or office in the US can get the L1 visa. This stands in contrast to visas such as the H-1B visa which allows any United States employer to employ you. This rule, however, excludes businesses too small to have international branches, and small business owners. As such, it may be beneficial to consult an immigration attorney in order to determine whether your company qualifies or not.

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Lastly, as an L1 visa holder, you cannot start your own business while on L1 status. In order to maintain your status, you must work only for your sponsor employer, excluding possibilities for part-time work with other employers simultaneously. This is unlike the H-1B visa which allows for entrepreneurship and part-time employment.

Decreasing L1 visa application acceptance rates

In addition to the aforementioned limitations, the L1 visa is becoming increasingly challenging to obtain for ordinary companies. For example, blanket filing of requirements for many employees, for example, are only available to large multinational companies due to the costs required.

According to the USCIS data, the number of approved L1 visa intracompany transfer applications had been decreasing in the 2019 financial year. Analysts attributed the decline in L1A and L1B visas to incorrect documentation submitted by applicants, but it is unclear whether this is exactly the case in reality.

There is no need to worry about being separated by oceans.

Your family can come with you.

Family of L1 workers

Can the L1 employee’s family also stay in the United States?

Upon application at the consulate/embassy, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may receive dependent L2 visas. L2 is the visa status given to dependents of L1 visa holders. Simply put, this means that you can bring your family with you to the United States.

Can my spouse work in the US if I have an L1 visa?

Your spouse has a right to work in the US for any employer. But in order for your spouse to work without restriction in the US, they must receive a dependent L-2 visa upon being granted an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with the USCIS.

Your spouse may then apply for a Social Security Number directly to Social Security in the US. The documents required for an L-2 Social Security Number application are the same as an L1 visa holder with the addition of either the EAD or an original marriage certificate.

Can children of the L1 visa holder receive employment in the States?

Children of L1 visa holders under a dependent L-2 visa can attend school but unfortunately cannot accept paid employment due to being ineligible for EAD application.

Business-centric FAQs for both employers and employees.

Business-centric FAQs

Must the company already have a US office?

The company does not need to have a US office before transferring. It is possible to transfer a manager or executive to the US in order to set up a new office, after which more employees can be sent there later.

The L1 visa allows you to enter the US to work on starting a new office or branch where none exists for your parent company if you are in a managerial position. However, you cannot form an entirely new corporation.

How do I form a new office for my sponsor company?

If you intend to start the new office, you are granted only one initial year to start the new office under the L1 visa. The specific subcategory of the L1 visa which allows you to start a new office for the parent company is the L1-A visa for executives and managers.

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The first step to opening this new office is to rent or purchase property for the business. Though there are businesses that operate exclusively online, the USCIS requires a physical location in the US for the new office to qualify. As such, we recommended having the property rented out for a minimum of six months.

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Next, you may consider formulating an L1 visa business plan for the new office. Though it is not officially mandated by the USCIS, it is almost always necessary in securing approval for the new office. As such, it would be best that your business plan details the proposed structure of your new branch and its projected growth trajectory over the next few years.

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Lastly, you should form your new office into a taxable entity. The usual route for most employers is to have the office arranged into a corporation or a limited liability company. The process for doing so involves filing information articles with the Department of State in the state you wish to locate your branch.

Note however that as the L1 visa only allows one initial year for those who are opening new offices, it may be necessary to hire more workers within the first few months in order to successfully apply for an extension for the visa. You must also be careful to not send too many foreign employees under the parent company under L1 status as the US offers non-immigrant visas to stimulate the local economy and provide more jobs to US workers, and doing so may lessen your chance of receiving a visa extension.

Is there a requirement to pay L1 workers the 'prevailing wage'?

There is no requirement to pay L1 workers the prevailing wage, but paying them significantly below it and the wages of your US resident staff may result in the USCIS or Department of Labor investigating your business and viewing your petition unfavorably.

Can I move L1 employees to different sites around the U.S.?

You are allowed to move L1 employees to different sites so long as they remain under your management and control as their employer.

Can I start a business on an L1 visa?

You can start a business via investment so long as that company does not employ you and that you only work under the specified L1 visa employer.

You will need to know these information to avoid the hassle later.

Employee-centric FAQs

What is the definition of a Manager for L1 visa purposes?

A manager under the L1A visa is an individual who manages people a function of an organization. A manager must do the following: manage the organization itself or a department, function, or component of the organization; supervise and control the work of other supervisory, professional, or managerial employees; manage an essential function within the organization; have the authority to fire, hire or recommend either of the two regarding employees; oversee day-to-day operations of said activity or function of the organization; and lastly, they must not be a first-line supervisor unless the employees are professional.

Meanwhile, USCIS defines an L1A manager as an individual who performs the following roles: directs the management of the organization or a major component of it; establishes goals and policies; exercises wide capability in decision making; and receives little supervision from higher-level executives, the board of directors, or stockholders.

What is the minimum educational requirement and business experience for an Executive or Manager to get an L1 visa?

There is no specified minimum educational requirement for an executive or manager to receive an L1A visa, however they must have worked for a company affiliated with the US employer as an executive or high-level manager, or managed an essential function of the business for at least one continuous year in the past three years before entry to the US.

If I have worked as a Manager in a key position for a company or corporation in my country do I qualify for an L1 visa?

Yes, it is most likely that you will qualify for the L1A visa if you have worked as a manager in a key position for the company in your country.

What is the minimum salary for an L1 visa

There is no particular minimum salary for L1 visa holders, however, paying L1 holders significantly below the prevailing wage can result in the USCIS or Department of Labor investigating your business.

What happens if my employer fired me while I am in the U.S. on an L1 visa?

In the event that your employer fires you, you immediately will go out of status. There is no grace period and you will need to quickly find a job from an employer who is willing to sponsor an H1B visa. Transferring from an L1 to an H1B visa is subject to an annual cap, so there could a chance that your employer may not be able to file the petition in time. In the event that this should happen, you will then have to return to your home country. However, you can avert this if you can change to another nonimmigrant status such as B1 or a B2 in time.

Can I work for any other company other than the company that sponsored my L1 visa?

As long as the new employer files for a new work visa petition such as the H-1B visa, it is possible for you to work for other companies that did not sponsor your L1 visa.

Can L1 employees work part-time?

Unfortunately, L1 employees are not permitted to be self-employed nor to work for other employers in full-time or part-time jobs that aren’t under an affiliate company.

Can L1 visa holders buy property in the US?

Yes! You can buy a property in the United States even if your visa is a nonimmigrant type. Additionally, you can also apply for a mortgage. Just because you are not (or not yet) a citizen of the United States does not mean you can’t apply for a mortgage. When you have the correct documentation and when you follow procedures correctly, it should be fairly easy for you to get a mortgage loan.

Can an L1 visa holder study in the US?

Yes! Under an L1 visa status, you can study in the United States as long as you maintain your L1 status and work for the employer who sponsored your visa.

The L1 visa can be your

stepping stone towards a green card.

Can L1 visa holders apply for a green card?

You can use the L1 visa as a stepping stone to a green card under the doctrine of dual intent.

Is ‘Dual Intent’ allowed for L1 visa holders?

Yes! L1 visa applicants and holders can have dual intent. Additionally, USCIS will not deny your L1 visa if there is evidence to believe that you have intentions to permanently move to the United States. This means that you can be an “intending immigrant” to the United States under the L1 visa.

How long does it take to go from L1 to a green card?

The L1 visa is a dual intent visa, and so USCIS allows holders to seek permanent resident status as a nonimmigrant. In order to do this, your employer must first file an I-140 petition to the USCIS. Afterwards, you must wait until te date when the USCIS received your petition is found in the final action dates posted by the Department of State in their monthly visa bulletin

From here, L1A visas have a great advantage as they easily transition to the qualifications necessary for an EB-1C green card which has current priority dates due to being in the first preference category, significantly reducing the time required for processing for other green card types.

Meanwhile, if you are an L1B visa holder, your potential green card preference level would probably fall into either the second or third preference levels which encounter much longer wait times for processing.

Upon the approval of your I-140 petition, your priority date will become current, and you will be eligible to submit an I-485 form in order to adjust your status from nonimmigrant L1 status, to lawful permanent residency under a green card.

Another path you may take in order to further shorten your processing time is utilizing the premium processing service for I-140 petitions, shortening the typical six-month processing time to a mere 15 calendar days. However, you cannot shorten the processing time of I-1485 from its usual length of between six to eight months.

How long does a green card last?

When you finally receive your green card, it does not mean that you are completely done with the immigration process regarding United States permanent residency. Criminal issues and long absences from the country can threaten your green card status. Additionally and perhaps the biggest concern is that your green card does not last forever. In fact, green cards have expiration dates.

Your green card’s expiration date would depend on your type of permanent residence. For instance, a regular permanent resident’s green card is valid for 10 years.

There is another type of permanent resident called the conditional permanent resident. This typically happens when you acquire your green card through marriage and if that marriage is less than two years old. The green card given to the conditional permanent resident typically lasts for only two years.

If your green card is nearing its expiration and you are a regular permanent resident, you may renew your green card for a fresh 10-year period. However, if you are a conditional permanent resident, you are ineligible for renewal. You can, however, go through a process of requesting to have the conditions of your residency removed. If they grant your request, you can become a regular permanent resident and have your green card renewed.

How many green cards do they issue per year?

The United States government issues more than a million green cards every year. Most of the green cards issued are for family members of United States citizens and current green card holders. A big portion of the green cards are also issued to workers from other countries seeking employment in the United States.

Can I travel outside the US while waiting for a green card?

Yes! You can travel abroad while waiting for your Green Card. However, before you leave the country, there is an application and interview process that you will need to complete. You will also need to secure an Advance Parole to re-enter the United States after your travel.

While in the process of adjusting your status to “permanent US resident”, you may face severe consequences if you travel outside the country without the advance parole. Similarly, you may be unable to return to the United States and your applications may be denied.

To remedy this, it is best to obtain advance parole. To do so, you must complete your Form I-131, otherwise known as the Application for Travel Document. You can fill out the application online and special instructions are on the website. You will have to pay a filing fee of $305, but if you meet certain criteria they will waive the fee.

It is best to always

weigh your options.

Alternatives to the L1 visa?

Another type of visa that is worth taking note of is the H1B visa. This type of visa has some similarities to the L1 visa but can be different in a lot of ways. Depending on your own unique circumstances, it might be worth considering to study also the H1B visa. We have collated for you some of the differences between an L1 and an H1B visa. We discuss them in detail below so that you can decide which visa works best for your case.

What is the difference between H1B and L1 visas?

There are various key differences between the H1B visa and the L1 visa. Some of those key differences relate to your educational requirements, duration of stay, annual visa limitations, and your employer’s eligibility. All of these, we discuss in detail below to help you decide if the L1 visa is the right visa for you.

Educational requirements of the H1B visa versus the L1 visa:

The first key difference between an H1B visa and an L1 visa that is worth taking note of is their difference when it comes to their educational requirements.

With an H1B visa, you should have at the minimum a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Additionally, your degree or work experience must be relevant to your work according to the H1B visa. This is unlike the L1 visa which does not require a specific level of educational attainment. Additionally, with an L1 visa, you can be given the L1A or L1B category so long as you meet the other requirements.

Allowed duration of stay of the H1B visa versus the L1 visa:

The difference of the H1B visa compared to the L1 visa in the maximum duration of stay may be of note for you.

With an L1A visa, the allowed maximum number of years you can stay in the United States is 7 years. Meanwhile, for an L1B visa, it is 5 years. On the other hand, with an H1B visa, you can stay in the United States for a total of six years. After that, you can file for a three-year extension.

Annual visa limitations of the H1B visa versus the L1 visa:

One of the advantages of the L1 visa is that there is no limit to the number of petitions approved every year. As such, the USCIS cannot deny you on the basis of a cap being reached. This is advantageous compared to the H1B visa that has a regular cap of 65,000 with an extra 20,000 reserved for master’s exemption.

Employer’s eligibility when it comes to the H1B visa versus the L1 visa:

United States-based companies will have to petition for your H1B visa. You can compare this to the L1 visa which requires companies to be multinational. Furthermore, an intra-company transferee must file for the L1 visa. As such, you must be employed for an entire year within the past three years before filing the L1 petition.

What benefits will I get by applying for an L1 visa when compared to the E2 treaty investor visa?

There are a number of advantages you can get if you choose to apply for an L1 visa compared to the E2 visa. However, how you will maximize these depend on your own unique circumstances. We have listed below some of the advantages of an L1 visa. We have also included some of the advantages to the E2 visa to help you discern which best suits your circumstances.

Period of stay with an L1 visa vs an E2 visa:

For the L1 visa, you are initially allowed to say for up to three years. Afterward, you can apply for an extension, which they grant in increments of up to an additional two years. The maximum period of stay for an L1A visa is seven years. Meanwhile, the maximum period of stay for an L1B visa is five years.

In contrast, an E2 visa allows you an initial two years of stay. Afterward, you can apply for an additional two more years. The E2 visa, however, has the advantage of unlimited applications for extensions.

Your family members and dependents with an L1 visa vs an E2 visa:

If granted an L1 status, your spouse and children may enter the US under an L2 status. Under the L2 status, they can enjoy the same period of stay you enjoy. Note however that your children must be below 21 years old to qualify.

The same case applies to an E2 visa, as long as your dependents are of your nationality.

How can we help?

The best way to go about with your petition is to ask help from experts. The petition for an L1 visa is very documentation-heavy. Furthermore, the L1 visa has other difficult factors to consider. Particularly, the time and money it will cost you may be significant. To avoid delays and ensure a smooth path to your visa, we encourage you to consult with us.

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