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L-1 Intracompany Transferee

L-1 Visa

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The L-1 Visa, often referred to as the Intracompany Transferee Visa, stands as a vital nonimmigrant visa category that facilitates the seamless transfer of employees from overseas branches to U.S. offices of multinational corporations. This visa acts as a temporary outlet, enabling key personnel to relocate to the United States for the purposes of managing, working, or establishing branches, affiliates, or subsidiaries of the same company.

In this page, we embark on an in-depth exploration of L-1 Visas, highlighting their significance and the invaluable immigration services offered by Ochoa & Hill Law Group in Houston, Texas. Our mission is to not only navigate the procedural aspects but also to provide comprehensive insights into L-1 Visa categories, eligibility criteria, and the required forms and documents for a successful application process.


Unpacking the L-1 Visa

The L-1 Visa serves as a pivotal gateway for multinational corporations seeking to transfer their employees to U.S. locations. This visa category facilitates the movement of key individuals, ensuring they can efficiently manage, work for, or establish new branches, affiliates, or subsidiaries within the United States. It acts as a temporary bridge, connecting global talent with the vast opportunities in the U.S.

Who Benefits from the L-1 Visa?

The L-1 Visa is tailored to cater to two primary categories of employees:

  • L-1A Visa: This category is designed for managers and executives who are being transferred to manage U.S. offices. These individuals play a pivotal role in ensuring the success and growth of their U.S. operations.
  • L-1B Visa: For employees with specialized knowledge who are being transferred to work in U.S. offices. Their unique expertise is instrumental in enhancing the capabilities and competitiveness of their U.S. branches.

Required Forms and Documents for the L-1 Visa

To embark on the L-1 Visa journey, you’ll need to complete Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. In addition to this central document, certain supporting materials are necessary to substantiate the application, including:

  • A detailed job description outlining the employee’s responsibilities and role.
  • Evidence that establishes the qualifying relationship between the foreign and U.S. companies, confirming the intracompany transfer.
  • Proof of the employee’s qualifications and specialized knowledge, showcasing their eligibility for the L-1 Visa category.

The specific documentation requirements may vary based on the unique circumstances of each case. Ochoa & Hill Law Group, situated in Houston, Texas, offers knowledgeable legal guidance and ensure a seamless transition for multinational employees seeking opportunities in the United States. Whether you’re managing a U.S. office or bringing specialized knowledge to enhance your company’s capabilities, we’re here to support your journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions


An L-1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa category that allows multinational companies to transfer employees with specialized knowledge or executive/managerial roles from their foreign offices to their U.S. offices.

Eligibility includes having a qualifying relationship between the foreign and U.S. companies, the individual's employment in a qualifying position abroad, and a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge role in the U.S.

L-1A visa holders can stay for up to 7 years, while L1B visa holders can stay for up to 5 years. Extensions can be sought under certain circumstances.

Yes, L-1A visa holders can apply for a green card through the employment-based EB-1C category, provided they meet the requirements.

Yes, L-1 visa holders can change employers, but the new employer needs to file a new L1 petition on your behalf.

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