On June 22, 2020, after months of speculation, President Trump issued the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S, Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” Referencing the millions of Americans who remain out of work due to COVID-19-related economic disruptions.
The L-1 visa is used to transfer foreign employees to the United States when the foreign company and the US company or office are related in certain ways (parent/subsidiary, for example). A blanket L-1 petition is used by larger multinational companies to transfer multiple employees to the US on short notice.
The L-1 and the H-ฺ1B are two of the most popular employment-based US visas. Some people could potentially qualify for either one and for those with the luxury of making a choice, it is important to understand the difference between these two immigration statuses. While the L-1 is preferable for most people, for some people the H-1B is the best choice.
The L-2 visa is a secondary visa that allows the immediate family of an L-1 visa holder to accompany him to the United States. Like the L-1 visa, it is considered a nonimmigrant visa. L-2 visa holders are entitled to remain in the US as long as the primary L-1 visa holder is entitled to stay, and they must leave the US whenever the L-1 visa holder’s period of stay expires.
Over 100,000 L-1 visas are granted each year. Unlike certain other employment-based visas such as the H-1B, there is no numerical restriction on the total number of visas that can be granted. Not all L-1 visa petitions are accepted, however -- the application package, including supporting documentation, must be assembled with care. The assistance of a skilled immigration lawyer could make the difference between an acceptance and a rejection.
The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa with strict time limitations. Nevertheless, it is also a dual intent visa, which means that it is OK to seek permanent residence while you are in the US in L-1 status. You can also seek permanent residence for your spouse and children. Following is a brief description of how you might go about obtaining permanent residence in the US starting from L status.
To obtain an L-1 intracompany transferee visa for an employee you wish to transfer to the United States, you will need to submit your company’s business plan to the USCIS during the application process (unless you have already submitted one for a previous L-1 visa application). The plan must be thorough and well thought out. US immigration authorities have provided some guidance on what constitutes a good business plan, at least for EB-5 immigration status.
L-1 visas are nonimmigrant work visas designed for intracompany transferees. They allow aliens (foreign nationals) who are already employed in a managerial, executive or professional capacity to transfer to a US company or office of the same employer or its affiliated entity (another US company that enjoys a “qualifying relationship” with the beneficiary’s overseas employer). Family members are allowed to accompany the employee on an L-2 visa.