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L-1: Intracompany Transferees

L-1: Intracompany Transferees

The intracompany transferee program allows U.S. citizens to temporarily work in Canada. The program is designed for Canadian business immigration and allows multinational companies with branch or parent companies or affiliates in Canada to temporarily transfer foreign workers.

The L-1A nonimmigrant classification allows U.S. employers to transfer executives from affiliated foreign offices to an office in the United States.

Applying for L-1A Visa

In order to apply for a L-1A visa, your employer must first file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, on your behalf. In order to be eligible for a L-1A visa, you will likely need to meet the following requirements:

  • You have worked with the company for a consecutive 12-month period
  • The petitioning U.S. employer must have a relationship with a foreign company including parent companies, subsidiaries, branches, or affiliates
  • Your employer must be doing business in the U.S. and one other foreign country
  • You must intend to leave the U.S. upon visa terms ending

As an employer, when applying or petitioning for your employee’s L-1A Visa, you may need evidence that he or she occupies an executive or managerial role.

How Long Does My L-1A Visa Last?

An initial L-1A visa is valid for approximately 3 years. After 3 years, you can apply for an extension for an additional 7 years of stay.

Family of L-1A Workers

Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to accompany their spouse/parent who has an L-1A visa. Interested family members who fall under these terms may seek admission by the L-2 nonimmigrant classification. Typically, the family will be allowed to stay in the United States for the same period granted to the applicant.

L-1 Blanket Petitions

Blanket petitions are for companies who would like to have a significant number of employees transfer between the U.S. and Canada. Under this petition, the company can move as many employees as they wish between countries. In order to qualify for a L1 Blanket Petition, the company must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least three physical offices – U.S. or abroad
  • Have a U.S. office that has been in business for at least one year
  • Have a minimum of 1,000 employees based in the United States
  • Ability to show company-wide annual sales of at least $25 million

Contact an Experienced Immigration Attorney Today

Our attorneys have over seven decades of combined experience in U.S. immigration law. We’ve helped guide numerous clients through the complicated process of gaining intracompany transferee worker visas in the U.S. Contact the legal team at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. today. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.

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