L-1 Intracompany Transferees

L-1 Visa Lawyer in San Jose

Representing Intracompany Transferees & Their Employers

The L-1A nonimmigrant classification enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from a foreign office to an office in the United States. In some cases, this transfer facilitates the development of an entirely new location.

At the Law Offices of Timothy D. Widman, our L-1 visa attorney provides legal services in San Jose and surrounding areas. With 20+ years of experience, Attorney Widman can assist you with every aspect of the L-1 visa process. Obtaining a nonimmigrant visa can be a serious challenge even if you possess all requisite qualifications, but we are here to alleviate your stress and provide the knowledge you need to succeed.

To learn more, give our office a call at (408) 780-1684 or contact us online to speak with an L-1 visa lawyer near you.

Obtaining L-1 Status

In order for an employee to obtain an L-1 visa, both the employee and the employer must meet certain qualifications.

The employer:

  • Must have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company; and
  • Is currently or will be doing business as an employer in the United States and at least one other country (either directly or through a qualifying organization) for as long as the prospective visa recipient will stay in the U.S.

The employee:

  • Must have been working for a qualifying organization abroad for one of the last three years; and
  • Must enter the U.S. to perform managerial or executive services for the same employer or one of its qualifying organizations.

For the purposes of this visa, “managerial” generally involves the supervision and control of professional employees and a function, section, or component of the organization. “Executive” refers to the employee’s ability to make major decisions with little oversight.

The L-1 visa allows the employee to stay in the U.S. for an initial period of one year, but this may be extended in increments of two years each (up to a maximum of seven). An L-1 visa holder may eventually be able to obtain a green card.

Navigating the L-1 Visa Process

Obtaining an L-1 visa for intracompany transferees can be a complex and daunting process. Our experienced L-1 visa lawyers in San Jose are here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that you have the representation you deserve.

Whether you are an employer looking to transfer an employee to the United States or an individual seeking L-1 status, our team can provide expert legal assistance to navigate the intricacies of the L-1 visa process.

Our services include:

  • Assistance with L-1 visa application and documentation
  • Representation in L-1 visa interviews and proceedings
  • Legal counsel for employers seeking to transfer employees
  • Guidance on maintaining L-1 status and compliance with visa regulations

Don't navigate the L-1 visa process alone. Contact us today to get started on your L-1 visa process and ensure that you have the expert representation you need.

Get Started on Your L-1 Visa Process Today

For more details, we urge you to get in touch with Attorney Widman. With decades of experience, he has the knowledge needed to comprehensively answer your questions and guide you through this process from beginning to end.

You can reach Attorney Widman today by calling (408) 780-1684 or reaching out to our firm online. We look forward to helping you advance your career or accomplish your business goals.

L-1 Visa FAQ 

What documents are typically required for visa processing?

The specific documents required for visa processing can vary based on the type of visa you are applying for. However, common documents may include passport, visa application forms, photographs, financial records, employment verification, and any additional supporting documentation relevant to your case.

Are There Different Types of L-1 Visas?

Yes, there are two main types: L-1A for executives and managers, and L-1B for employees with specialized knowledge.

How Long Can I Stay in the U.S. on an L-1 Visa? L-1A visa holders can stay for up to seven years, while L-1B visa holders can stay for up to five years.

Can L-1 Visa Holders Bring Dependents to the U.S.? Yes, L-1 visa holders can bring their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 as dependents. They can apply for L-2 visas.

Can I Apply for Permanent Residency (Green Card) on an L-1 Visa?

L-1 visa holders can pursue a green card through employment-based immigration while in the U.S.

Is there a Requirement for the Size of the Company for L-1 Visa Eligibility?

Yes, both the U.S. and foreign companies must meet certain size and relationship criteria to qualify for L-1 visas.

What is the L-1 Visa Petition Process?

The employer must file an L-1 petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Upon approval, the employee can apply for an L-1 visa at the U.S. consulate.

Can L-1 Visa Holders Change Employers?

L-1 visa holders can only work for the employer that sponsored their visa. Changing employers requires filing a new L-1 petition.

Can L-1 Visa Holders Study in the U.S.?

L-1 visa holders can pursue part-time study but must obtain proper authorization for full-time academic programs.

Is There a Cap on the Number of L-1 Visas Issued? Unlike some visa categories, there is no annual numerical limit (cap) on the number of L-1 visas issued.

Can L-1 Visa Holders Apply for a Green Card?

Yes, L-1 visa holders can apply for a green card through employment-based immigration if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Can L-1 Visa Holders Travel Outside the U.S.?

Yes, L-1 visa holders can travel internationally, but they must have a valid L-1 visa stamp in their passport for re-entry.

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