Multinational Executive or Manger of a Company
There are two “flavors” of the L-1 Visa. The L-1A and the L-1B. The L-1A for executive and managerial transferees and L-1B for employees with specialized knowledge. L-1A visas are issued initially for one year for a new company in the U.S. or three years for a U.S. company which has been in existence for more than one year. Extensions for L-1A beyond the initial period of stay are available in two-year increments for a total stay not to exceed seven years. Alternatively, L-1B visas are issued initially for three years with the option for one two-year extension, meaning the maximum period of stay is five years. Once an L-1A or L-1B holder has reached their maximum allowable period, they must leave the United States for a minimum of one year and must work for a foreign operation of the U.S. company before they are eligible to reapply for another L-1 visa.
By contrast, an E-1 or E-2 status holder is granted an initial period of stay of up to two years. Extensions of stay can be granted by the USCIS for increments of up to 2 years. There is no limit on how many times an E-2 visa holder can extend their stay, so theoretically they could legally remain in the U.S. on E-1 or E-2 status indefinitely. Extensions are granted as long as the E status holder declares that they will depart the United States when the period of authorized stay (including extensions) terminates.
The foreign company must continue to conduct business while the transferee is in the US(at least until permanent residency is secured).
AUTHORIZED LENGTH OF STAY AND NEW OFFICE REQUIREMENTS
OTHER RELATED REQUIREMENTS AND ISSUES
BENEFIT OF AN L-1 – CONVERTION TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY
SPOUSE AND CHILDREN OF BENEFICIARY EMPLOYEE
L-1A vs. L-1B Visa Requirements
L-1A: Managers and Executives
Assuming the applicant is coming to the U.S. as a manager or executive to open or to be employed in a new office in the U.S., the petitioner must submit the following evidence: