Being Transferred to the United States for Work
If you are an employee at a company that operates outside of the United States, or you are a business owner and you want to take that next step and expand your business in the to the United States, you will require a United States work visa.
Required Visas for Being Transferred to the United States for Work
While there are many different types of United States work visas, the type of visa that works best for this situation is the L-1 work visa. This is a special visa for inter-company transfers into the United States as well as business expansion.
However, like all United States work visas there are many different specific requirements that you must meet before you can apply for this visa.
Requirements for Obtaining an L-1 Work Visa
Not just any employee can obtain an L-1 visa. There are two types of L-1 visas, one for executives and managers (the L-1A visa) and one for specialized knowledge employees (the L-1B visa).
In addition, there are requirements surrounding the company itself. The company operating outside of the United States must have a legal relationship with the United States company, either as a parent company, a branch, a subsidiary, an affiliate or a joint venture partner. This company must also remain in business and operational outside of the United States while the employee has their L-1 visa.
L-1 Visa and Being Transferred to the United States for Work
The L-1 visa is a great visa because it can also lead to getting a Untied States green card in the right situation, and it can be extended.
L-1 visas are available for businesses of any size, big and small! If this sounds like the perfect visa for your situation, please contact our immigration law firm for assistance.
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