L-1B classification allows foreign employees with specialized knowledge to come to the United States and work for their employer’s U.S branch, affiliate or subsidiary. L-1B visas are also useful for foreign companies who do not yet have a U.S branch, affiliate or subsidiary office and wish to establish one.
To qualify for an L-1B visa, the petitioner/applicant must:
- Have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company
- Be currently doing, or will be doing, business as an employer in the U.S. and one other country
- Have worked for a foreign related company for at least 1 year in the last 3 years
- Be wanting to enter the U.S. to provide specialized services
If a foreign employer would like to send an employee to the U.S. for employment in a new office, the employer must show that:
- There is a secured physical premise for the new office
- Employer has funds to compensate employee and start doing business
Specialized knowledge is defined as “special knowledge possessed by an individual of the petitioning organization’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, management, or other interests and its application in international markets, or an advanced level of knowledge or expertise in the organization’s processes and procedures.”
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Gold Law Group assists clients with a wide variety of business-related immigration matters including L-1B visas. If you are a foreign national interested in applying for an L-1B visa, or if you are a U.S employer wishing to file an L-1B visa petition on behalf of a prospective foreign employee, please call 323.394.1281 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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