L1 Visa – WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR L VISA

These are some of the benefits of L Visa:

  • There is no degree or educational requirement for an L1 visa and the specialized knowledge does not need to be in a specific field as is in H1B non-immigrant visa.
  • Only multinational companies qualify for L1 visas. Thus, if applicant work for a multinational, a L1 visa petition can be filed by the parent, subsidiary, affiliate or branch of the foreign company where the alien has worked for at least 1 year in preceding 3 years in the capacity of manager, executive or special knowledge work.  All employers do not have such choice as not all companies have foreign presence or are multinational.
  • For the companies, it does not require for majority ownership or control from a specific country as long as qualifying organization criteria is met.
  • L-1A has a maximum duration of 7 years while L-1B visa has a maximum duration of 5 years that is more than H1B that has a period of three years extended to maximum 6 years.
  • One of the benefits of the L-1 visa program is that it allows companies the opportunity to re-locate employees to the United States to expand their business and open up new offices.
  • Spouse and minor unmarried children under the age of 21 years can accompany L-1 visa holder and L-2 spouse can get work permit and work in the U.S. Both (spouse and children) also can study and travel within and outside the U.S. on short trips and return.
  • It allows dual intent. So, a L visa holder does not need to prove intent to not abandon a foreign country in order to get approved.
  • Another benefit of the L-1A visa is that it can provide a stepping stone to lawful permanent resident status. A specific employment-based immigrant preference category (EB-1C) was created for managers and executives who meet the L-1 standards and are interested in becoming lawful permanent residents. If you qualify for a L-1B visa you may qualify for E-B1 or E-B2 as well.

Comparison and Differences between other non-immigrant visas: