L Visas

These visas are for employees transferring from non-US entities of a company to the U.S. entity.
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L-1A Eligibility

Executives & managers working in company's non-U.S. entities
 
Must have worked for the non-U.S. entity for a continuous 12 months out of the last 3 years
Non-U.S. entity and the U.S. entity should have a qualifying relationship such as parent company, subsidiary etc.​

THE PROCESS

Hiring someone on L-1A

To transfer an employee over to the U.S. entity as an executive, the employer must prove that the position has the ability to make company decisions without much supervision. To move an employee as a manager, the company should prove that the employee has the ability to oversee a department, division or a subdivision.

HOW IT WORKS

Hire and retain foreign national employees on L-1A

3 years

Initial term

USCIS issues a three year working term when it first issues the H-1B. 

+ 4 years

Extension

Two extensions for two years each are allowed for a maximum term of 7 years. 

Limited Stay

No Further extension

Employees need to have a Green Card because L-1A does not allow any further extensions

Start the Green Card process

It's generally best-practice to start the green card process for the foreign national employee within the first 2 years of employment. 

L-1B Eligibility

Employee with specialized knowledge working in company's non-U.S. entities
 
Must have worked for the non-U.S. entity for a continuous 12 months out of the last 3 years
Non-U.S. entity and the U.S. entity should have a qualifying relationship such as parent company, subsidiary etc.​

THE PROCESS

Hiring someone on L-1B

To transfer an employee over to the U.S. entity as an employee with specialized knowledge, the employer must prove that the employee has advanced level of company specific knowledge or skill related to company's product, service, research or techniques. 

HOW IT WORKS

Hire and retain foreign national employees on L-1B

3 years

Initial term

USCIS issues a three year working term when it first issues the H-1B. 

+ 2 years

Extension

One extension for two years is allowed for a maximum term of 5 years. 

Limited Stay

No Further extension

Employees should be moved to H-1B because L-1B does not allow any further extensions

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