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L-1B Visa/Status – Specialized Knowledge Transferee

The nature of the economy has changed dramatically in recent decades, let alone over the course of the past century. The development of air travel, improved communication technology, and the internet have all served to prompt a more global approach to business.  Companies have attempted to seize upon the opportunity to establish a foothold in foreign territories and as a result have recruited professionals with highly specialized knowledge from abroad. Bringing those employees to the United States for a transfer assignment can be part of your corporate strategy, but it will require you to obtain the appropriate visa/status from United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The immigration process can be confusing and frustrating if you attempt to pursue a visa without the assistance of a skilled and experienced attorney. Austin immigration lawyer William Jang can offer capable assistance and vigorous representation at every part of the process. Contact him today at 512-323-2333.

Basic Requirements:

L-1B Visa/Status is available for Specialized Knowledge Transferees who transfer from a foreign company to a subsidiary, parent or affiliate US company. In order to qualify the transferee must have worked for the foreign company for one continuous year within the preceding three years before he/she transferred to the United States. Both the US company and the related foreign company must be doing business. In addition the transferee must be qualified to perform the offered position and must have specialized knowledge.

Duration of Stay:

L-1B Status may be granted for up to three years. But for newly established companies, US CIS typically grants status for only one year. As long as the both US company and the related foreign company is doing business and continues to be affiliated, and the employee is still engaged in specialized knowledge work for the US company, L-1B status can be extended up to a maximum of five years (typically two to three years at a time).

Family Members:

Spouses and children (under age 21 and unmarried) are eligible to obtain L-2 status, which is a derivative status. They are allowed to accompany the L-1B transferee and remain in the United States. In addition, spouses may apply for employment authorization, and once approved, may work at any legal jobs. Individuals holding L-2 status may also attend schools.


The following are the attorney’s fees that the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC charges for a typical case of this type when filed in the United States at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) (please read the disclaimer at the top of this page) and the filing fee currently charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS):

  • $3,000.00 attorney’s fees for the principal beneficiary petition
  • $350.00 attorney’s fees for family (if family is accompanying)
  • $325.00 US CIS filing fee for the main petition
  • $290.00 US CIS filing fee for the family’s application (if family is accompanying)
  • $500.00 US CIS Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee (for initial petition)
  • $1,225.00 US CIS filing fee for premium processing (optional)
  • $380.00 US CIS filing fee for spouse’s employment authorization (optional)


The Law Office of William Jang, PLLC has experience representing clients to obtain L-1B status.

Please see a sample of approved cases.

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It is best to begin investigating a possible immigration filing in advance of the time that you require the presence of your transfer employee so that you can complete the process before their intended arrival. Contact an Austin immigration lawyer of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC today at 512-323-2333 for more information on how we can help you and your company.

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