Understanding the L-1A Non-Immigrant Visa
Immigration Lawyer in Ohio
United States immigration law makes it possible for multinational corporations
to make certain types of personnel transfers to this country from abroad
by using the
L category of non-immigrant visa. In cases there the transferee holds an executive
or managerial position in the company, the most appropriate visa is the
L-1A intracompany transfer visa. The L-1A enables the holder to enter
the U.S. for a period of up to one year if the trip is being made for
the purpose of establishing new offices for the company, or up to three
years if the executive is being transferred to an existing office. In
the latter case, there is the option to file for an
extension of stay for up to seven years total.
The first step in obtaining an L-1A visa is for the employer to file a
Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker, Form I-129 with U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS). Once USCIS has approved the petition, the
employee can apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate in
his or her country of origin. To qualify for an L-1A visa, the recipient
must be proven to hold a managerial or executive position within the company,
providing evidence that his or her ability to make sweeping decisions
with little or no oversight or to supervise and control the work of subordinate
employees. Dependent spouses and minor children may accompany the transferee
on the L-2 visa, which permits a stay for as long as the L-1A visa is valid.
Serving Businesses in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati
Cleveland immigration attorneys at Robert Brown LLC serve individual and corporate clients in Ohio and
throughout the world and provide comprehensive legal counsel and representation
across the spectrum of immigration legal issues. We understand that the
success of your personnel transfers may determine the future success of
your company, so we will work diligently to help you avoid any unnecessary
delays or complications in the process of petitioning for an L-1A visa.
Call or visit our office today to consult with one of our lawyers and to begin the process.