Being Transferred to the US for Work
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.
What are the Requirements for the L-1 Visa?
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.
Employer Requirements for the L-1 Visa
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.
Are You Looking to Work in the US?
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!
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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