An L1 visa is a non-immigrant work visa that allows multinational/ growing companies to transfer their professionals to the United States. The L1 is divided into 2 categories, L1A for Senior Managers/Executives and L1B for Specialized Knowledge employees. Although it was initially created for multinational companies to transfer their employees to the U.S. it is also a very useful work visa for start-up businesses that wish to expand into the U.S.
An L1 visa is a dual intent visa which means that an L1 visa holder can apply for a green card without jeopardizing their current status. Even if an employee/executive is employed by foreign company on a full time basis, they do not need to be employed on a full time basis in the U.S. This is good news because it means the L1 visa allows for short term work.
There multiple other features and benefits of attaining an L1 visa
There are also a few drawbacks to the L1 visa
As you would expect, the paperwork for filing an L1 application is lengthy and complex. If you would like to learn more about the L1 visa, or determine whether you qualify for a visa, contact Toronto lawyer Janice Warren.
In practice for 20 years, Janice P. Warren has concentrated her immigration law practice on helping Canadians move to the United States and finding ways to make their move as efficient and cost-effective as possible.