Fort Myers L Visa Attorney
Representing Foreign Nationals around the World
The L visa category is an employment-based category for intracompany transferees. L-1A and L-1B visas make it possible for foreign nationals to transfer to a U.S. branch of their company.
Hurtado Immigration Law Firm is proud to help businesses around the world expand globally by assisting with the L visas application process.
L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager
The L-1A non-immigrant classification enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company that does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing one.
General Qualifications of the Employer & Employee
To qualify for L-1 classification in this category, the employer must:
- Have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company (parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate, collectively referred to as qualifying organizations)
- Currently be, or will be, doing business as an employer in the United States and in at least one other country directly or through a qualifying organization for the duration of the beneficiary’s stay in the United States as an L-1. While the business must be viable, there is no requirement that it be engaged in international trade.
To qualify, the named employee must also:
- Generally, have been working for a qualifying organization abroad for one continuous year within the three years immediately preceding his or her admission to the United States
- Be seeking to enter the United States to provide service in an executive or managerial capacity for a branch of the same employer or one of its qualifying organizations.
Period of Stay
Visa reciprocity must be checked for each country that participates in the L-1A visa program. Visas are typically five years long with periods of stay for two years.
Family of L-1 Workers
The transferring employee may be accompanied or followed by his or her spouse and unmarried children who are under 21 years of age.