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International Company Transferee Visas

Workers of international companies occasionally need to transfer to the United States for work in another office or affiliate company. There are special visas available for transferees to help them gain entry to the United States as quickly as possible. International company transferee visas are divided into two types: the L-1A visa for executive transferees and the L-1B visa for specialized knowledge transferees.

What is L-1A and L-1B?

The L-1A visa is for executives and managers who are transferring to the United States as part of an agreement with their employers. By contrast, the L-1B is available for specialized workers who have a specialized skill set or knowledge required for the new position. To qualify for an L-1A or L-1B visa, the following requirements must be met:

  • The transferee must have worked for the foreign company for at least 1 continuous year
  • The US company and foreign company must have a business arrangement
  • The transferee must be qualified to do the work the new position asks of him or her

How Long Can I Stay on My Visa?

An L-1A or L-1B visa lasts for up to 3 years, with extensions possible depending on the circumstances. However, you may be granted a visa with a shorter duration depending on the company. A transferee’s spouse and children are allowed to accompany him or her to the United States on an L-2 visa, which allows them to remain in the country for as long as the transferee remains. After meeting certain requirements and authorizations, a spouse may work in the U.S. or attend school.

Contact Us

For more information about visa eligibility for international company transferees, contact an Austin transferee immigration lawyer of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, by calling 512-323-2333.

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