The L-1 intracompany transfer visa is a nonimmigrant visa for people coming to the U.S. to work. In order to be eligible for an L1 intracompany transfer visa, your intended employer in the U.S. has to be a parent or subsidiary of the company you were working for in your country of citizenship.
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How to Get an Intracompany
Requirements of the L-1
Intracompany Transfer Visa
The L-1 intracompany transfer visa is a nonimmigrant visa for people coming to the U.S. to work.
In order to be eligible for an L1 intracompany transfer visa, your intended employer in the U.S.
has to be a parent or subsidiary of the company you were working for in your country of
citizenship. This visa has a variety of advantages that make it stand out amongst the other
employment-based visa options. In the information below, we’ll go over some of those
advantages as well as how to get an intracompany transfer visa.
You’ve Been Abroad For At Least One Year
One of the requirements of the L1 intracompany transfer visa is that the applicant has been working
and living outside the U.S. for a minimum of one year within the last three years. If you have spent any
portion of time working in the U.S. (i.e. for a conference or visiting a U.S. office), it cannot be counted
toward your year of employment abroad. During your time abroad, you must have held a position at a
managerial or executive level. You can prove these requirements with:
Your U.S. Employer and Foreign Employer
Have a “Qualifying Relationship”
The foreign employer you were working for must
be a parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of the United
States employer. Additionally, both employers
must share common control of the company.
There are a variety of documents you can
provide to prove this type of relationship,
Annual corporate reports
Articles of incorporation
Contracts that define the relationship
Corporate filings in the U.S. or abroad
Stock purchase agreements
You Must Provide
Evidence of Your
Intent to Depart
Your U.S. Office Has
Sufficient Physical Space
Only Stay in the
U.S. for One Year
This requirement can vary depending
on the size of the company and the
industry of the business. However, you
will at least need proof of a secured
office space. Accepted evidence of
sufficient physical space can include a
signed lease agreement or mortgage
As an L1 employee, you are
permitted to remain in the U.S.
for a period of up to seven
years. In order to receive your
L1 visa, you must be able to
provide proof that you intend
to leave the U.S. after your visa
period expires. However,
because of dual intent, you are
allowed to pursue permanent
residency while you are in the
U.S. on an L1 visa.
If you are coming to
the U.S. on an L1 visa
in order to open a U.S.
office for a foreign
company, you will only
be allowed to remain
in the United States for
a period of one year. If
you wish to extend
your stay, the U.S.
office will have to
employ you as a
manager or executive
and be able to allow
you to focus on related
The foreign and U.S. entities are engaged in
commercial trade or services.
The L1 Visa
The U.S. entity has been doing business in
the U.S. for one year or more.
The U.S. business has three or more U.S. and
foreign branches, subsidiaries or affiliates.
If a company consistently processes
multiple employee transfers, they may
be able to file for blanket approval.
This allows the company to file only
one immigration petition for all L1
employees. In order for your U.S.
employer to qualify for the L1 visa
blanket option, they must meet the
These entities have obtained approval of a
minimum of 10 L1 visa petitions within the
previous 12 months or have sales or $25
million USD or a U.S. workforce of minimum
To apply for an L1 visa, you must submit a
nonimmigrant visa application (Form DS-160) to
the state department. With your application, you
will need to include the following:
How to Get an
Visa: Application Process
Two copies of a passport-sized headshot that
shows your full face clearly.
A copy of your passport.
There are a variety of fees involved with the L1 visa
application. These fees should be paid to the
USCIS by your intended employer via check or
A filing fee of $325 USD
An anti-fraud fee for $500 USD
In order to make sure that you complete all
the necessary requirements correctly and in
a timely manner, it is in your best interest to
seek counsel from an experienced business
or immigration attorney. For a free
30-minute consultation, contact the experts
at Katz Law Office Ltd. today.
Katz Law Office, Ltd.
4105 West 26th Street Chicago,
(773) 321-6651/ (773) 321-6708