Advantages of L Visa
 
  • Processing time is low – in 30-60 days, the visa is granted.
  • There is no upper limit under this category.
  • Initially granted for three years, with two possible two-year extensions.
  • Intra-company transfers are permitted.
  • Spouse and children (up to the age of 21 years) can be taken along.
  • Spouse can get work authorization in both categories -- Individual or Blanket L petitions.
  • In limited circumstances conversion to Permanent Residence is possible.
  • Though E visa can be obtained by international companies, there should be a treaty between US and that particular country.
  • Many countries do not have such treaties.
  • L visa holders do not have to maintain a foreign residence during their US stay and they may seek permanent residence and still maintain L status.

Limitations

  • Unless converted to Permanent Residence, they are restricted to seven years.
  • New employees cannot be transferred to US until they complete one year.
  • Children, though can study in US, cannot get work authorization.
  • L-1 visa holders may remain only as long as the US Company qualifies as the same company or subsidiary or affiliate status with the foreign company.

 

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