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L-1A


Intracompany Transferee/Executive or Manager


Introduction

The L-1A is a type of visa that allows an international company to bring a qualified executive or manager to work in the United States, or to send a qualified employee to the U.S. to start a new office. It’s commonly used by multinational companies for transferring their top employees to the U.S.

Requirements

To qualify for L-1A visa, the employer and the employee must meet certain requirements:

Employer Requirements

  • Qualifying Relationship: The existing U.S. employer must have a connection with a foreign company, such as a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate.
  • Active Business Operations: The business activity must be consistent and ongoing.
  • New U.S. offices (if available): In the case of establishing a new U.S. office, the foreign company must have secured sufficient physical premises to house the new U.S. office; and the intended U.S. entity will support an executive or managerial position within 1 year of the approval of the petition.

Employee Requirements

  • Previous Work Duration: The employee must have worked for a foreign company for at least 1 continuous year in the last 3 years.
  • Executive or Managerial Role: The employee must be seeking to enter the U.S. to provide service in an executive or managerial capacity.

Period of Stay

  • New Office Setup: If the employee is entering the United States to set up a new office, the maximum initial stay is 1 year.
  • Existing Office Work: For other qualified employees, the maximum initial stay is 3 years.

Extensions

  • Extension Requests: After the initial period, L-1A employees can apply to extend their stay in increments of up to 2 years.
  • Maximum Limit: The total maximum stay allowed for L-1A employees is 7 years.