L-1B Intra-company Transferee - Specialized Knowledge
|What is an L-1B Visa?|
|Criteria for Obtaining the L-1B visa?|
|For how long is the L-1B visa valid?|
|How may I obtain an L-1B visa holder?|
|Who may accompany an L-1B visa holder?|
What is an L-1B visa?The L-1B visa is designed for employees of multinational companies who possess specialized knowledge of the business's products, services or procedures, to enter the U.S. to work temporarily in positions which require such specialized knowledge, for branch offices, affiliates, subsidiaries or parent companies of the foreign entities.
|Criteria for the L-1B visa.
|The L-1B visa is initially approved for three years. However, for an entity that has been doing business for less than one year in the U.S., the L-1B will initially be approved for only one year. Extensions of the L-1B visa are available in increments of two years, up to a total of five years. A foreign individual who has been in L-1B status for a period of five years may not be readmitted in L-1B status until he or she has resided outside the U.S. for one year.|
The spouse or unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) of the L-1B visa holder may enter the United States in L-2 status as dependents. L-2 spouses may apply for employment authorization to be independently employed in the U.S.
|The L-1B petition is filed at a USCIS Service Center that has jurisdiction over the employer. If the employee is in the United States and eligible to change nonimmigrant status, the USCIS will issue an approval notice with a new I-94 form. If the employee is unable to change status in the U.S. or is not present in the U.S., he or she must apply for an L-1B visa at a U.S. consulate abroad.|
Large U.S. entities may be eligible to file blanket L-1 petitions which grant continuing approval of L-1 visas for itself and its foreign affiliates, subsidiaries, and branch offices. The following criteria must be met:
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