L1 visa is a nonimmigrant and famous work visa in the us and Canada because it
is easily apply and once it is obtained, the L1 visa is
suitable for employees of U.S and Canadian...
Overview of L1 visa
The L1 visa is a nonimmigrant and
famous work visa in the us and Canada because it is easily apply and once it is
L1 visa is suitable for employees of U.S and Canadian companies who
are being transferred by their current employer to enter into the U.S. to
handle organization or a major function or division of an organization.
Documents required for L-1 Visa Application
Fill up visa
application Form DS-156
size photograph, 50mm X 50mm of each applicant showing full face without
head covering against a light background
passport, valid for travel to the U.S. for at least six months longer than
your intended visit
copy of Form I-797 Approval Notice
Copy of Form
I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant visa. This petition is filed with the
USCIS by your employer
Eligibility for L-1 Visa
Any Employer who has worked for company since at least last
one year as Manager or Executive in the preceding three years may qualify as L1
Benefits of the L1 Visa
spouse can apply for a work permit by filing Form I-765 and engage
The spouse and children
under 21 are allowed to accompany the L-1 visa holder during the period of
the transferee status. The Spouse may receive work authorization.
dependents can live with you in the U.S.
circumstances, it may be possible to convert the L-1 visa for executives
and managers to lawful permanent residence status.
L-1 visas are granted
initially for 1 to three years with extensions available in three-year
increments, with a total stay not to exceed seven years.
legitimately come to the U.S. as an L1 intra-company transferee and at the
same time, lawfully seek to become a permanent resident
The United States
Citizenship and Immigration Service usually decide petitions in 30-60
transferee is allowed to work for the U.S. subsidiary or affiliate
freely travel in and out of the U.S. while on a valid L1 visa
Limitations of the L1 Visa
L-1 visa holders may
remain only as long as the U.S. Company qualifies as the same company or
subsidiary or affiliate status with the foreign company.
There must be continual
existence of the foreign company during the transferee's stay in the
L-1 visas may not be
extended beyond a total of seven years.
The spouse and children
are allowed to reside in the U.S. The Spouse may receive work
authorization. There is currently no work authorization provision for
children (just spouses).
New employees may not
be transferred prior to serving one year abroad as an executive, manager,
or specialized skill employee of the foreign parent company.
Andy J. Semotiuk is an US and Canadian Immigration Lawyer has
practiced law for over 30 years and served over 15,000 clients. He specializes
in Spousal sponsorships visa, Investor work visas and Skilled Worker
Application. He is also an author of "The Young Professional - A Practical
Guide to Success in Your Career". He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his
website at http://www.myworkvisa.com.