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L-1B VISAS: WORKERS HELPING TO ESTABLISH A US BRANCH, AFFILIATE OR SUBSIDIARY COMPANY

L-1B VISAS: WORKERS HELPING TO ESTABLISH A US BRANCH, AFFILIATE OR SUBSIDIARY COMPANY

An L-1B visa may be issued to an Alien with specialized knowledge who is coming to the United States to help establish a branch, affiliate or subsidiary company. In addition to the below criteria, evidence of both the physical premises for operation in the U.S. and that the new office can pay the foreign worker must be provided. Finances of the company must be submitted. In such instances, the initial visa will be granted for a maximum of one (1) year, but can then be extended.

U.S. Petitioner of an L-1B Visa must demonstrate:
  • It has a qualifying relationship with a business entity in a foreign country, and
  • The employer is currently, or will be, doing business* as a U.S. employer and is doing business in at least one other country or through a qualifying organization for the duration of a beneficiary's stay in the US as an L-1, and
  • The alien has been working for the foreign entity or qualifying organization for at least one year within the last three years, and
  • The alien is coming to the United States to render services in a specialized knowledge 2 capacity to a branch of the same employer or one of its qualifying organizations, and
  • Both the foreign and domestic companies are viable entities.
  • It has a qualifying relationship with a business entity in a foreign country, and
  • The employer is currently, or will be, doing business* as a US employer and is doing business in at least one other country or through a qualifying organization for the duration of a beneficiary's stay in the US as an L-1, and
  • The alien has been working for the foreign entity as a manager/executive for at least one year within the last three years, and
  • The alien is coming to the United States to serve in a managerial/executive 1 capacity, and
  • Both the foreign and domestic companies are viable entities.

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