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L-1 Visa

The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager visa enables individuals employed by a foreign company to be transferred to the U.S. to work for an appropriately affiliated entity. L-1 visa holders have the right to bring their families to live in the U.S., and their spouses can obtain work authorization. Although the L-1 visa is technically a nonimmigrant visa and the validity ranges between five and seven years, it is considered dual-intent by USCIS. This means that L-1 visa holders can legally pursue permanent residency during their stay in the U.S. without violating their nonimmigrant status. It is noteworthy that the U.S. employer who files an L-1 petition for its prospective employee must be able to demonstrate its relationship with the affiliated entity in the U.S. The L-1 employee, as indicated in the name of this type of visa, must have already been employed overseas, either in a managerial role or with in a role requiring specialized knowledge before being transferred to the U.S.