What are the Requirements for an L1-Visa in New Jersey?
As a Morristown, New Jersey Immigration Attorney, I constantly get the question about the L1 Visas ( Inter-Company Transferee Visas). It’s a great Visa for many reasons. Firstly, it promotes transfer of important employees from countries abroad into the US and it helps our economy. Second, there is no requirement for the individual to possess a four-year degree, so it’s a terrific visa for people that may not have finished their four-year degree.
These are the basic requirements for an L1 Visa: first, the individual being transferred has to possess a minimum of one year with the company abroad. Second, there has to be a very specific relationship between the company abroad and the US company. It could be a parent-subsidiary relationship or it could be an affiliate relationship if they are both owned by the same holding company or parent company, but the correct and accurate relationship must be in existence.
Also, there must be a bonafide way to pay the individual. Sometimes, a company abroad wishes to transfer an individual to start up a new branch. This is possible although, much more difficult. There are special requirements that must be met when opening up a new branch of a company abroad, and instead of granting up to five years status in a L1 Visa, if it as a new branch they only grant one year because they want to make sure that the branch is viable and that the company abroad remains in good standing after the key individual is transferred.
If you have any other questions about the L1 Visa or the transferee process or any other immigration related matter, please contact my office in Morristown, New Jersey, and I will be very happy to schedule a consultation to help you with your situations. Thank you.
This informational blog post was brought to you by Susan Scheer, an experienced Morristown, New Jersey L1-Visa Immigration Lawyer.