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An L1 Visa is considered an Intra-Transfer. This type of visa allows a firm to temporarily hire a foreign executive to handle high level firm business within the U.S. The visa allows the foreign executive to move to a position with an office of an affiliate, subsidiary, parent company, or different company branch or department.
At first, this type of visa only applied to large multinational companies; however the laws have expanded to nurture the international growth of young start-up firms. This allowance has helped small start-ups to extend their reach to the U.S.
The L1 Visa allows individuals the ability to work in the U.S. without requiring them to maintain a foreign residence or prove they have any intention of moving to the U.S. permanently. These exemptions are what make an L1 Visas considered dual intent.
In addition, L1 Visas do not require an individual to work with a company on a full time basis. If they wish to work part time in the U.S. and part- time in their homeland, this is considered acceptable.
L2 Visas are designed to protect dependents who reside with the L1 Visa holder. While the L1 Visa holder is working with his or her parent company, the L2 holder is allowed to reside with the L1 holder in the U.S.
L2 Visa holders enjoy many benefits such as:
- The ability to live and work (must have an EAD) within the U.S. for the duration of the L1’s stay
- Can attend school full time in the U.S.
- Travel in and out of the U.S. at their leisure
Their are many advantages to L1/L2 Visas, both for the employer and the foreign executive. The ability to move essential staff freely between countries as they handle international affairs is monumental for economic growth for both parties.
If your firm is considering applying for an L1 Visa for an executive employee, please consult with our immigration attorneys. Our immigration attorneys can provide your firm with vital L1 and L2 visa information and can aid you in expediting the process.