Employment Visa Sub L-1 Lawyers

More Content

About L-1 Visa

A. What is an L-1 Visa

As more and more companies choose to expand their businesses overseas under the background of global integration, the L-1 Visa has become a favored choice for international businessmen.

The L-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa designed for senior personnel who are temporarily deployed to US-affiliated companies (parent, affiliate, subsidiary, branch office) by the employer company to provide managerial and executive services or specialized knowledge.

The L-1 Visa has two categories: L-1A and L-1B. L-1A is designed for managers or executives of multinational companies, and L-1B is designed for senior staff with specialized knowledge from multinational companies. The validity of the L-1A Visa lasts up to 7 years, whereas the L-1B Visa lasts up to 5 years; the two categories have slightly different background requirements on beneficiaries.

The USCIS also provides “blanket petition” application channels to large multinational companies with a high demand for dispatching transnational personnel, who could apply on behalf of multiple beneficiaries with one application and provides much convenience to these enterprises.

B. Who Can Apply for the L-1 Visa

The L-1 applicant is the employer (petitioner), and the multinational executive is the beneficiary. The USCIS has set forth requirements for both the applicant and the beneficiary.

It is required that 1.) The applicant to maintain a qualifying relationship with the company’s entity outside of the US; 2.) During the beneficiary’s stay in the US, the applicant shall continue its business operations within and outside of the US, meaning that the applicant cannot stagnate its business in the original location due to the dispatchment of the beneficiary to the US; 3.) The USCIS may also assess the feasibility and necessity for the company’s business in the US.

The beneficiary coming to work in the US must have been consecutively employed for at least 1 year by the foreign company within the last 3 years before filing the L-1 petition (the period of employment by the company’s US entity cannot be counted). To meet the requirements of “senior personnel”, the USCIS also assesses the past management experience and professional ability of the beneficiary.

C. Dual Intent

The L-1 Visa is also a non-immigrant visa that allows the beneficiary to have the intent to immigrate to the US. The L-1 beneficiary can later adjust their status by using EB1-C route to apply for a Green Card. As a special-talent immigrant visa, EB1 does not require scheduling when being used for other immigrant visa and takes less time to apply. Therefore, adjusting to Green Card through applying for the L-1 Visa has become one of the most preferred paths for many immigrants.


Alex Tan is the most professional employee who is due diligence to follow up my case at a timely manner. He replies promptly and gave detailed feedback about my case. I highly recommend Alex Tan as your case manager.

- Mariinsky H

I have discontinued writing reviews on Yelp until now. The services I received from Seth Mitchell and his assistants were as successful as it gets. Their group was always kind, courteous, patient and diligent. This type of professionalism is rare in this day and age.

- Richard Allen R.

I was in a car accident and called Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, they took great care of me, always kept me posted along the way.  I was really happy with the results.  Christina Williams handle my lien reductions and was able to get my liens reduced by more than 50%.  If you’re looking for a good PI Law Firm, call Law Offices of Scott Warmuth.

- Cera A.

Best attorney in San Gabriel Valley for sure. Professional and patient services that I got in the worker’s comp. Especially appreciate their case manager Mr. Maurice Lin, Kana ( case file manager ) and my attorney Mr. Eric Ellison. I would recommend this firm to all my family and friends.

- Stella H.

Get a Free Consultation

Call us anytime at 888-517-9888 or fill out the form below to request a free legal consultation!