Frequently Asked Questions on L-1A Visa

What is an L-1A visa?
An L-1A visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows multinational companies to transfer executives or managers from their foreign offices to their offices in the United States.
Who is eligible for an L-1A visa?
Executives or managers who have been working for a qualifying multinational company abroad for at least one continuous year within the past three years and who are being transferred to a U.S. office of the same employer in an executive or managerial capacity.
What is the difference between L-1A and L-1B visas?
L-1A visas are for executives or managers, while L-1B visas are for specialized knowledge employees. L-1A visa holders primarily oversee the management or operations of the company, while L-1B visa holders possess specialized knowledge essential to the company's operations.
Can L-1A visa holders bring their dependents (spouse and children) to the U.S.?
Yes, L-1A visa holders can bring their dependents to the U.S. by obtaining L-2 dependent visas for their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. Dependents are allowed to study in the U.S. and may also apply for employment authorization.
How long can I stay in the U.S. on an L-1A visa?
Initially, L-1A visa holders can stay in the U.S. for up to three years. Extensions are available in increments of up to two years, for a maximum total stay of seven years.
Can L-1A visa holders apply for a green card (permanent residency) in the U.S.?
Yes, L-1A visa holders may be eligible to apply for a green card through employment-based immigration pathways if they meet the criteria for permanent residency.
Can I change jobs on an L-1A visa?
L-1A visa holders are typically employed by a specific employer, and the visa is tied to that employer. However, they may be able to change jobs within the same company if they are transferred to a different office location or promoted to a different managerial or executive position.
Can L-1A visa holders work for a different company in the U.S.?
No, L-1A visa holders are authorized to work only for the employer that sponsored their visa and are limited to working in executive or managerial roles within the company.
How early can I apply for an L-1A visa before my intended date of employment in the U.S.?
L-1A visa applicants can typically apply for their visa up to six months before their intended date of employment in the U.S.
What documents are required for an L-1A visa application?
Required documents for an L-1A visa application include the Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker), supporting documentation demonstrating the applicant's qualifications and the company's qualifying relationship, and other relevant evidence.


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