Who is the L-1B Visa For?
The L1B visa is offered to people with “specialized skills and knowledge.” This is defined as
any knowledge of the petitioning company’s products, services, research, equipment, techniques, management, and their application in international markets
an advanced knowledge of the company’s processes and procedures
What Are the Requirements for L-1B?
In order to be eligible for the L-1B visa, you must have work experience with a company outside of the United States for at least one of the last 3 years before they petition for your adjustment of status. Below are additional requirements:
you have specialized skills or knowledge related to your work.
your intended U.S. employer has been doing business for more than a year.
Your intended U.S. employer and your foreign employer have an eligible relationship and are willing to act on your behalf until the application process is completed.
Demonstrate eligibility for a green card
Present evidence of any criminal convictions
Forms G325A, I-693, I-864, I-765, and I-131 as relevant
Two passport color photos taken within 30 days of submission
Copy of birth certificate with english translation if needed
Copy of nonimmigrant visa page in your passport
Present thorough additional documentation as needed to prove the circumstances of your application.
Application fee, fingerprinting fee
How to Apply for L-1B Visa
PERM labor certification process (can take years)
Employer files Form I-140 on your behalf
What are the Benefits of the L-1B?
The L1B visa is valid for up to five years including extensions.
Under L1B you can work part-time and there are no wage requirements.
Dual intent rule doesn’t apply to an L1B visa, so you don’t have to prove your intent to return to a country of origin at end of the visa. Visa holders can apply for permanent residence after having entered on a nonimmigrant visa.