US L1 VISA

Overview

The US L-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa that is valid for 3 years and allows foreign employees who have been working in a company outside the US gain legal access into the United States to continue working for the company in its branch in the US. Family members of the applicant may join them in the US under the L-2 visa. 

Eligibility:

The US L-1 visa category is subdivided into US L-1A and US L-1B visas. The US L-1A visa is exclusively for employees in managerial or executive positions and their visa is valid for a maximum period of 7 years. The US L-1B visa subcategory is for other skilled employees of the company, and their visa is valid for a maximum period of 5 years. At the end of the maximum validity period, employees under the US L-1 visa category may choose to apply for permanent residence in the US. 

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for the US L-1 Visa:

  • They must have continuously working in outside the US for at least one year.
  • Employees under the US L-1B visa status who want to take up managerial positions must apply for the US L-1A status 6 months before the end of the original 5 years maximum validity period of the US L-1B subcategory.

Along with these, the following documents will be required:

  • A valid visa passport
  • Recent passport photograph
  • Recent and authentic bank statements
  • Receipt confirming the US Visa Application fee payment
  • A copy of the L-1 visa petition made by the applicant

Benefits:

The US L-1 visa allows its holders to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Employees with the US L-1 visa can enter the US, live and work for up to 7 years.
  • The family members of the US L-1 visa Employees can join them in the US with the L-2 visa.
  • The US L-1 visa may serve as a pathway to obtaining permanent residence in the US.

Fee Structure:

The application fee is $460. But upon approval, the company has to pay $2500 for each employee and an additional $2500 if the company has up to 50 workers under it in the US.


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