• Are you a manager, executive, or a “specialized knowledge” employee – working for a foreign business entity?

  • Have you been working outside the U.S. for at least one continuous year within the past 3 years?

  • Is your company outside the US related to the business inside the U.S. you will establish? Will the foreign entity continue to do business?

  • Will you be coming to the US to open a new office location for your company? Will the new office be active and operating shortly after you arrive in the U.S. as an L-1 visa holder?


IF THE ANSWER IS YES TO THE ABOVE, THEN AN L-1 VISA MIGHT BE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU.


Once you have determined that a L-1 visa is the right fit for you, there are several additional requirements:

  • The petitioning U.S. entity must have a qualifying relationship with your entity abroad.

  • Sufficient physical space must be secured for a new office.

  • A new office must be active and operating within one year of the L-1’s admission to the U.S. if requesting an extension of stay.

  • After 1 year the new office must support a managerial or executive position if you are requesting an extension of stay in the L-1A classification.

For additional reading on this topiccheck out this post from U.S. based law firm Greenberg Traurig