The L-1 visa program gives employers an avenue to grow their business in the U.S., either by expanding an existing U.S. office or establishing a new one. This program is aimed at high-level employees such as managers and specialists. There are two subcategories to the L-1 visa. The first is L-1A, which is designed for workers such as managers and executives of all types. The second is L-1B, which focuses on workers with specialized knowledge. When utilized properly, the L-1 visa can be an advantageous program for workers and employers.
Benefits to the Worker in the L-1 Visa Program
Unlike the annual caps placed on the H-1B program, which limits how many applications are approved each year, the L-1 visa does not have a congressional or statutory limit. While there are any number of reasons that an L-1 application can be rejected, including not following proper steps in the application process, at least there is no danger that an application will be rejected due to the sheer number of L-1 applications received so far that year.
Workers who come into the U.S. through the L-1 visa program can even bring their spouses and dependents. Not only that, but spouses of the L-1 visa holder can obtain Employment Authorization Documents allowing them to also work in the U.S. This increases household income and also household spending.
Benefits to the Employer in the L-1 Visa Program
Compared to other visa programs, the L-1 visa may have requirements that are easier to fulfill. If the U.S. company is already operating, no substantial investment by the employer is required, other than costs associated with the application itself and the continuing cost of paying the worker’s salary. Many workers who cannot qualify for other programs can still qualify for the L-1 visa.
If the employer does not currently have a U.S.-based office of operations, the L-1 visa program can be utilized to establish one. An experienced L-1 visa attorney can explain the restrictions on using the L-1 visa program in this way, but when used correctly it can be extremely advantageous to the business owner. The experienced corporate immigration attorneys at David Hirson & Partners, LLP can advise you on starting your U.S.-based operations in connection with and L-1 visa.
If you have questions or concerns on utilizing the L-1 visa program, call David Hirson & Partners, LLP, an experienced business immigration law firm. We regularly assist clients in obtaining business visas of all types for themselves and their employees. Contact us today for help with your application process.
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