L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager Visa
The L-1 nonimmigrant visa is a work visa for foreign nationals looking to work in the United States for a company affiliated with the company where they are employed in their home country. L-1 visa is categorized into two: L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager Visa and L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge Visa.
An intracompany transfer is the transfer of individuals within a company. This may mean from one branch or subsidiary of the company to another, whether within a country or internationally. Multinational companies transfer highly-placed officials from one country to the other. It is a strategy to foster collaboration and infuse specific skills or knowledge into the officials’ new destination.
The L-1A visa was designed to allow high-level managers and executives in multinational companies to temporarily transfer to work in the U.S. It is an opportunity for affiliated offices or companies to benefit from the prowess of some of their highly-placed personnel.
Qualifications for the Transferee Executive or Manager Visa
For an applicant to qualify for the L-1A visa, they must meet certain requirements. Here, we will attempt to highlight factors that the USCIS considers in deciding who qualifies for the visa.
- The applicant must occupy either an executive or a managerial role at the time of visa application and processing.
- As an executive applicant, the individual must possess the authority to make vital business decisions on behalf of the multinational company. Setting goals, allocating resources, etc.
- As a manager, the applicant should significantly supervise the work of other employees within the company. Overseeing daily operations of personnel, resources, departments, etc.
- Documentation proving the position and responsibilities of the applicant (executive or manager) must be provided. This could include job descriptions, hierarchy charts, letters of recommendation, etc.
- Managers who do not oversee other employees but manage an essential function in the company can also be eligible.
- The position the applicant will fill in the U.S. should be equivalent to the role they currently occupy in the foreign company.
It is crucial to understand the qualification elements before applying as a transferee manager or executive for the L-1A visa. Our immigration experts are available via WhatsApp to help with more details and help check for the applicant’s eligibility before applying.
Application Process and Documents for L-1A Visa
Like every U.S. visa application, the intracompany transferee executives or managers’ visa application requires thorough documentation for better chances of success. The process involves submitting various forms providing evidence that the applicant, the foreign, and the U.S. company meet the standard criteria for the visa.
- The employer will file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, providing details of the applicant, the foreign, and the U.S. entities involved in the transfer.
- After accepting the petition, USCIS will issue back Form 1-797 providing necessary details on the case to the applicants.
The necessary supporting documents to be submitted are often dependent on unique details of the applicant, the position, and the companies involved in the transfer. However, listed here are generic documents that prove evidence of eligibility:
- Job description document detailing the responsibilities of the manager or executive role.
- The applicant’s employment history within the organization.
- A chart displaying the hierarchy structure in the organization. This chart can help solidify the applicant’s high-level position claim.
- Documents proving the affiliation between the U.S. entity receiving and the foreign entity transferring the applicant.
- Relevant financial documents showing the financial status of the U.S. and foreign entities involved in the transfer could also be helpful.
Various factors affect the processing time for the L-1A visa. It is advised to file the petition on time. Especially if there is a specific period when the expertise of the manager or executive is needed in the U.S.
To expedite the visa processing time to within 15 calendar days, USCIS offers premium processing for an additional $2,500.
Having immigration professionals who have successfully helped countless numbers of people in this process will help ease the complexities involved in knowing and submitting expected documents. Our lawyers can help you through the process if you provide details on the Contact Us page.
L-1A Visa Duration and Extension
The Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager Visa is only a temporary work visa, meaning it has a validity timeline. However, there is an extension option that has a process to be implemented by the visa holder and the employer (sponsor).
After the approval and issuance of the L-1A visa, the intracompany transferee executive or manager can resume work in the United States. The visa will typically last for up to three years. However, as the expiry nears, the multinational company can apply for an extension on behalf of the visa holder.
If the companies involved and the executive or manager continue to meet the L-1 visa requirements, then a two-year extension can be granted. However, the combined maximum duration of stay, including the extensions, is seven years, except in specific circumstances.
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Dependents of L-1A Visa Holders
Like several other work visas, L-1A intracompany transferee executive or manager visa holders can go to the United States with their dependents on L-2 visas. Typically, dependents include spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21.
The L-2 visa allows dependent children to attend school in the U.S. and access healthcare. However, for dependents to work, they must seek work authorization from the USCIS by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
Contact CFUIS – L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager Visa Lawyer
Understanding the requirements, application process, and every necessary detail is vital to successful L-1A visa applications. Our immigration attorneys will help ensure that a foreign worker (manager or executive) or multinational corporation gets guidance on the entire process.
You can call us today at 813-298-7222, chat on WhatsApp, email us, fill out our contact form, or schedule an appointment. In cases where the foreign worker or company does not meet the requirements, we can even help decide other U.S. immigration options.