Orlando L-1 Visa Attorneys

Highly Experienced Immigration Attorneys in Orlando Help Clients Around The World With L-1 Visa Applications

The primary purpose of an L-1 visa, or L1 - Intra-Company Visa, is to allow managers and executives who work outside the USA for a parent company, to come to the USA and work for the US company subsidiary or branch, or alternatively set up a new office. There is also the possibility for large companies to apply for a blanket L-1 visa, which allows them to frequently transfer employees by giving them permission to do so, without having to apply for each individual employee.

L1 Visa For International Managers

L-1 Visa Requirements

Generally, the L-1 visa has two sub-categories:

  • L-1A for executives and managers
  • L-1B for workers with a specialized knowledge.

The general L-1 visa requirements are as follows:

  1. The overseas company must be related to the US Company in some way; this usually means that it has some form of control over it.
  2. The US Company must be fully active for the duration of the employees L-1 visa.
  3. The employee must have been employed abroad in a managerial role, executive role, or have a specialized knowledge of the role in which he is undertaking.
  4. The employee must have worked for the foreign parent company full-time for one continuous year within the past three years for the foreign parent company.

Key Features of L-1 Visa

  1. Your first visa will be for one year for a new office and up to three years for other employees, then you may apply for extensions of two years at a time for up to seven years.
  2. You can only work for the company who petitioned for you to be in the US.
  3. Visas for your spouse and children are available.
  4. Your spouse may apply for work authorization in the US.
  5. You may travel in and out the US.
  6. This visa has dual intent, you may seek a green card.

What Exactly Constitutes a Managerial or Executive Role and What is Specialized Knowledge?

Managerial capacity generally means that the employee manages the organization, takes control of other supervisors, or manages some form of function, and (or) has the authority to "hire and fire." Executive role is that the employee generally oversees the management of the company, has vast latitude of management in the company and (or) sets goals and targets for the company. Finally, having a specialized knowledge means that the employee has an advanced level of knowledge in his particular field and is reasonably qualified in his particular area of expertise.

Contact Us If You Are Applyng For An L-1 Visa

The terms, conditions and application for this type of visa can be tedious and complicated. To ensure your application is correctly completed, we strongly advice you to talk to an experienced L1 Visa Attorney. Suzanne E. Vazquez is certified as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar and has helped many businesses and executives from around the world to successfully apply for L1 Visas. We will make sure every aspect is being considered to get the visa application approved and to maximize your chances of getting it successfully renewed.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a more detailed description of what exactly the related terms cover or for more general information on this type of visa. You may also call us at (407) 674-6968 or send us an email at info@ImmigrationHelpToday.com and we will get back to you promptly. If you prefer to see us at our Tampa location, please call us at 813-400-0055 to make an appointment.

Finally, in an effort to help you obtain all the information you need, we have compiled the most common questions we get from clients - please feel free to visit our L-1 visa FAQ's for further information.

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