Many Canadians and other foreign nationals are under the impression that if one is being transferred to the United States by their employer, they do not need a work permit or a visa. However, this is a mistake. Any foreign national working in the United States, including a Canadian citizen, will require a work visa even if they are being transferred by their employer. This visa is the L-1 visa, and the visa is available for individuals who wish to expand their business in the United States as well.
However, not just anyone can apply for an L-1 visa. There are strict requirements surrounding applications for this visa, as well as all other United States work visas.
Applicants who wish to apply for the L-1 visa cannot just hold any position at a company. They must be specialty knowledge employees, executives or managers, and there are specific L-1 visas for each of these positions.
In addition, the company that the employee is being transferred from must be of a certain legal relationship with the United States company, as either a parent company, a subsidiary, affiliate, branch or joint venture partner.
This company that is outside of the United States must also continue to operate as a business while you are in the United States on the L-1 visa.
In certain situations, provided you meet the necessary requirements, you could even be eligible to obtain permanent residency status in the United States through your L-1 visa.
Do you want to work in the United States, or expand your business to the United States? The L-1 visa could be the perfect choice for you. Simply contact us and we can help you!
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