The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa allows a U.S. company to transfer an executive or manager of its affiliated foreign office to its office in the U.S. so that he can perform services for that company. The L-1 visa may also be used to allow a foreign executive or manager to come to the U.S. to begin a U.S. affiliated office.
If you would like to transfer to a company that is already established, both you and the U.S. company must qualify. In order to qualify for an L-1 visa, you, the employee, must:
The U.S. company where you plan to transfer to must:
If you would like to enter the U.S. on a L-1 visa to establish a new company for your employer, you employer must also show that it has secured the premises for its new office and that the new office will need a manager or executive within one year after the application is approved.
The L-1 visa application is straightforward and can be completed in two steps.
Once you are approved, you may enter the U.S. for up to 3 years. Your stay may be extended for increments of 2 years until you reach the maximum 7 years