The L-1 (L1) Visa Program
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L-1 visas are available to employees of an international company with offices in both the U.S. and a country abroad. The U.S. employer and the foreign employer must have certain formal legal relationships acceptable to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If properly structured, an employee of the foreign business may be eligible for an l-1 visa. It is possible to obtain an l-1 classification for qualifying individuals if the foreign company intends to open an affiliated office in the U.S.
There are 2 types of L-1 Visas
L-1A are for executives and managers
L-1B visas are reserved for workers with specialized knowledge.
For a “regular” L-1 visa, the company files a petition with USCIS and each petition is evaluated on its own merits.
With a “blanket” L-1 visa, USCIS has already determined a company qualifies for it's employees to be eligible for a visa thereby simplifying the process.
Transferred employees may be accompanied their spouse and unmarried children who are under the age of 21.
Spouses can be legally employed in the U.S. after they obtain Employment Authorization approval from USCIS.