My employer is transferring me to the United States: What do I do?
Are you an employee who is being transferred to an office in the United States by your employer? Many foreign companies have branches or offices in the United States, so this is quite a common occurrence. However, even in a situation like this the employee will require a work permit in order to legally remain in the United States.
The visa that is applicable to this particular situation is the L1 visa for the United States. In order to apply for this visa, you need to meet certain requirements.
Requirements for the L1 visa for the United States
When applying for the L1 visa, it is vital that the employee being transferred from a company that has a specific relationship with the American company, and that they have worked there for at least one year. The company can be a branch, affiliate, parent company, joint venture partner or subsidiary for the applicant to qualify. They must also be in a certain position at the company, such as a manger or executive. Depending on their job position, the applicant’s L1 visa will be valid for five years or seven years, and there is also the potential for it to lead to permanent residency.
The foreign business must also remain actively in business during the time that the applicant is in the United States.
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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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