Transferring to the United States With a L-1 Visa
United States work visas are necessary for individuals who want to work in the United States, even if they have a job offer or they are a Canadian citizen. In addition, a work permit or work visa is required if you are being transferred to the United States by an employer or you wish to expand your business to the United States.
What is an L-1 Visa?
The visa that is appropriate for this situation is the L-1 visa, and there are two types of L-1 visas: The L-1A visa and the L-1B visa.
L-visas are valid for seven years, and there are situations in which the visa can be extended.
Qualifying for a L-1 Visa for The United States
Employees who qualify for an L-1 visa must be working for foreign companies outside of the United States, including Canada, that have related businesses in the United States. There are strict legal definitions as to what constitutes a legal related business, and these include joint venture partners, affiliates, subsidiaries and branches.
Please note that the L-1 visa is available for businesses of any size. Businesses do not have to be large to obtain the L-1 visa, however the foreign company must still be in operation during the period for which the L-1 visa is valid.
Knowing the Difference Between an L-1A & L-1B Visa
There are two types of L-1 visas. The L-1A visa is for managers or executives, while the L-1B visa is for specialized knowledge workers.
Did you know that having an L-1 visa can eventually lead to United States permanent residence, also known as a United States green card? There are also perks for applying for an L-1 visa as a Canadian.
Does the L-1 visa sound like it’s perfect for you? Please contact us to apply!
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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