You may qualify for an L-1 work visa if your employer is sending you to the US to manage an organization, or a significant part of one. If your role is managerial, executive, or highly specialized, and the US organization is closely affiliated with your employer, our work visa experts can help you acquire an L-1 visa (and, later, an employment green card). Our immigration attorneys can also help obtain visas for any family members who will accompany you to the US.
L-1 Visa vs. Immigration Visa
The L-1 category is a non-immigrant visa, so while the initial three-year period can be extended in two-year increments, it is limited to a maximum of five years (or seven for managers/executives). Likewise, the L-1 non-immigrant visa holder may only work for the sponsoring US organization.
L-1 Visa Application Timeframe
Once your immigration lawyer has helped you through the paperwork, the processing time for an L-1 work visa is roughly two to four months (but only a couple weeks if your employer has an applicable “L-1 Blanket”). If your need for an L-1 visa is particularly urgent, contact Seattle Law Group’s immigration team immediately to learn more about options for expedited processing.