The L-1 Visa makes it possible for international companies to move key employees like managers, executives, and professionals with specialized knowledge to offices or facilities in the U.S. There are two types of L-1 Visas available depending upon the scope and requirements of the employee’s work. The criteria for each type are exacting and somewhat complicated. Making a successful application for an L-1 Visa depends largely on a strong demonstration that the job in question requires an executive, manager or specialized knowledge employee and, further, that the foreign employee your company is seeking to transfer has the requisite qualifications to serve in the position.
L-1A Visas For Managers And Executives
Under immigration law, an applicant for an L-1A Visa must be primarily engaged in a managerial role in the company. This includes supervising and directing the work of professionals, supervisors, or other managers, and having the authority to hire, fire, grant promotions, authorize leaves of absence or have the power to recommend such actions. Holding the title of manager, especially with front-line management duties, is not enough to qualify; the employees under supervision must be professionals, supervisors, or managers, not “rank and file” employees. L-1A Visas are granted in increments of 2 or 3 years and can be renewed up to 7 years total.
L-1B Visas For Professionals With Specialized Knowledge
The legal definition of “specialized knowledge” for immigration purposes is somewhat different from what is commonly understood as specialized. To apply for an L-1B Visa, a foreign employee must have knowledge that cannot easily be transferred to another person without significant economic impact to the employer. Further, it must be demonstrated that the job requires this knowledge. A successful L-1B application will demonstrate that an employee’s expertise goes beyond that of their peers. For example, advanced knowledge of proprietary systems or unique methodologies used by the company. L-1B Visas are issued in or 2 or 3 year increments and can be valid for a total of 5 years.
Get Experienced Legal Help With L-1 Visas
The application process for L-1 Visas can be intimidating, and presenting the strongest possible case for an L-1A or L-1B Visa takes experience. Call the immigration attorneys at Overstreet, Miles, Cumbie & Finkenbinder for a consultation, and we’ll explain how we can help your company make the best legal arguments possible in L-1 Visa applications for your employees.