The L-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa for intracompany transferees with specialized knowledge. The employee’s specialized knowledge must be expertise about the organization’s interests for the transfer of a foreign office to an affiliated office in the United States. With an L-1B visa, you are able to establish a U.S. office from the originally affiliated office if one does not already exist. Your employer petitions for you, the employee, providing evidence of their credentials and your professionalism in the field of business needed to establish the U.S. branch of the company.
Both the employer and employee must have evidence of their respective qualifications and eligibility for the employee to qualify as an L1B specialized knowledge for U.S. individual.
The L-1B visa is for an intracompany transferee with specialized knowledge. You must have specialized knowledge of your petitioning organization’s:
Along with these knowledge bases, you must have specialized knowledge in:
Employees with specialized knowledge may include engineers, teachers, lawyers, an executive or manager.
If your petitioner is abroad, wishes to establish a new office in the United States, and would like to send an employee with specialized knowledge to do so, your employer must prove that they have:
If your petition for an L-1B visa was filed on or after June 6, 2005, and your work will be stationed somewhere other than the petitioner’s, then the petitioning employer needs to show:
The L-1B individual visa process must be completed by the employer along with the following:
Additional fees for L-1 visas include:
Ensure all applicable L-1B visa eligibility criteria is sent with the form, which includes:
As an L-1B visa holder, you will now be able to legally live, work, and travel in the United States. You will also be able to establish your company’s U.S. branch, and be able to apply for permanent residency.
L-1B visa holders are eligible to stay for:
L-1B visa extension of stay can increase in two-year increments until you reach the limit of five years.
You are allowed to petition for a status change from L-1B to L-1A green card status. This would increase your maximum stay to seven years. If you would like to do this, your L-1A petition needs to be approved before you have completed 4.5 years with your currently L-1B Visa. Because your L-1B visa is contingent on your employer being your petitioner, you may not change employers under your L-1B visa. If you are looking to change employers after receiving your L-1B visa, you may be eligible by changing from your currently visa to an H-1 visa.
If you would like to be joined by your family (spouse and children under 21-years-old and are unmarried), they may petition for L-2 status. If their L-2 nonimmigrant visa is approved, it is common they will have the same period of stay as you the L-1 holder.
Companies may like to transfer a significant number of employees at once between the U.S. and Canada. To establish a blanket L certification, the company:
The experienced attorneys at Scott D. Pollock & Associates PC are here to help you every step of the way in your US L-1B visa process, any L visa, or any other U.S. green card. We understand how demanding the process is of obtaining your intracompany transferee green card and care about your experience coming to the United States.
Contact a member of our team today (312) 444-1940.