The L Visas USA (L-1A and L-1B) are for temporary intracompany transferees who work in managerial positions or have specialized knowledge or skill.

The L visas are applicable for temporary workers in the United States.

The L1A visas are for managers and executives.

The L1B visas are for professionals with specialized knowledge.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Employees eligible for L1A visa:

  • Manage a company, subdivision, department or part of the organization;
  • Control and manage the work of other professional, managerial, or supervisory workers, or manage vital functions with the company, department or subdivision;
  • Have the right to fire and hire, endorse promotions;
  • Exercise discretion over day-to-day operations and establish policies and goals.

Employees eligible for the L1B visa:

  • Own unique or special knowledge of the organization’s service, research, product, methods, administration, equipment or interests and application in global marketplaces, or a progressive knowledge level, or skill in the firm’s procedures and progressions.
Source: U.S. Department of State

How to apply for L Visas?

The process for getting an L-1 visa is comparatively simple compared to other visas:

  • The interested applicant first files an I-129 form with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service along with papers showing the company and the employee’s eligibility for an L-1 visa.
  • Once the USCIS approves the application, it will issue a notice of action. After this, the applicant to either apply for a visa at a US embassy or consulate in his or her home country or apply for a change of status if the applicant is inside the country.
  • If you are staying outside the U.S. and required to go through consular processing, you must fill out a DS-160 online visa applicationand bring the confirmation to the consulate or embassy along with the filing fee. Afterwards, the interview process will begin.
  • If you can pass the interview, you will be provided your L-1 visa and you will be able to start your operations for your employer in the U.S.
Source: U.S. Department of State

From the Foreign Company:

  • company brochure.
  • Incorporation documents
  • Financials documents
  • bank statements.
  • business lease, mortgage or deed.
  • utility bills copies
  • contracts with other companies, including U.S. companies.
  • Organizational Chart.

From the U.S. Company:

  • A company brochure.
  • Incorporation documents
  • business plan (if new company).
  • Financials documents
  • bank statements.
  • business lease, mortgage or deed.
  • utility bills.
  • contracts with other companies, including U.S. companies.
  • Organizational Chart

From the Foreign National:

  • Copy of Visa and I-94 (if in the U.S.).
  • Proof that overseas worker has worked at foreign company for at least 12 of last 36 months
  • Resume
  • Educational degree documents
  • letters of experience from previous employers (if available).
Source: U.S. Department of State

The visa application fee for the L visas varies.

Source: U.S. Department of State

If you want to get a visa extension or renewal, the procedure shares many steps with the process related to the original visa application. Your employer will need to file a new petition for you prior to the termination of the I-94 departure date.

Source: U.S. Department of State