USA L1 Visa
The L1 allows overseas companies to transfer certain
categories of employees to work in the USA for upto seven years.
The employee should have worked for the overseas company's subsidiary,
parent, affiliate or branch outside of the US for at least one year out
of the last three years.
US Companies can apply to the USCIS to transfer an employee from their
overseas branch for and the employee will be granted an L1 visa for 3
There is no limit to the number of L1s available in a year.
L-2 dependant spouses can now obtain a general work authorization. & this
must be applied for separately, though.
It takes 2-4 months for a normal L1, 1-3 weeks for an L1 covered by a
Who can be sponsored on an L1 visa?
Managers / Executives: You will be required to
show that you are a senior professional staff of a key function, department
or division of the company. Also, your job is of a supervisory nature
and you have a team / teams reporting to you. Visa will be granted for
a 3 year period and is extendible twice to a maximum of seven years.
Specialized Knowledge Staff: You must show that you have knowledge
of the company's products/services, research, systems, proprietary techniques,
management, or procedures. You will get a visa for 3 years extended to
a maximum period of 5 years.
When you have completed the maximum period you must return to your home
country and be employed with your company for a minimum of one year and
then make a new L1 or H1 application
All L1 employees must have been employed by the overseas
company for at least one of the three years preceding the transfer unless
they are beneficiary of a blanket L1.
Employee should have been directly or indirectly employed by the overseas
company. It could even be a freelance employee as long as the sponsor
had management & control over the worker for one of the last three years.
The employee should have been employed as an executive, manager or specialized
knowledge worker. Managers & Executives should be supervising professional
and managerial staff & teams and control and direct day to day operations.
Specialized workers should be fully trained & familiar with the company's
products, methods, processes & procedures.
- Send us an expression of interest
by filling in the Inquiry Form below. Our Consultant will contact you
within 24 hours.
- Our Consultant will explain
the details of this visa and discuss with your profile & suitability
- If you are suitable, you will
be required to sign up for our services & make your payment to Global
- After receipt of your payment,
your processing begins where your Process Consultant will take over
and begin working on your case.
- Once we have compiled your application
supported by all forms & documentation, Global Gateways will then File
your petition with the CIS. Additional fees payable to the CIS are applicable
from your end.
- Processing at the USCIS takes
about 2-3 months. Premium Processing is available for an additional
- One your petition is approved,
you will be required to apply for your visa at the local consulate.
- Global Gateways will now process
your documentation, forms & apply for your visa. Time at the US consulate
could be as much as 2-4 weeks for a visa approval.
- You will be granted your L1
visa to work for your company in the USA