L Visas or Intra-company Transfers FAQs
1. What do I have to do if I change position or location within the same company and I am under an L Visa status?
Depending upon the change, you may have to file an application for either a new visa or to amend the conditions of your current visa. However, this is a complex issue which should be reviewed by an attorney before taking any action.
3. How many employees can an employer have with L-1 Visas?
4. What is the employer’s responsibility if the employee under L-1 status leaves or is terminated?
There are no employer responsibilities if the employee under L-1 status leaves or is terminated.
5. What documentation does my employer need to provide in order to apply for an L-1 Visa? And what are the fees my employer needs to pay?
6. What happens to my status if my L-1 Visa application is denied?
7. What is my status while my first L-1 Visa application is pending?
If your non-immigrant status expires while the L-1 application is pending, then your status will be “an applicant for a non-immigrant visa” and you are permitted to remain in the United States until a decision is made on your application.
8. Can my L-1 Visa be transferred?
9. What status can my spouse and children obtain if I’m applying for an L-1 Visa or I already have an L-1 Visa? Can L-1 family members work in the U.S.?
10. How long does my L-1 status last? How many times can I renew my L-1 visa?
Usually the visas are given for one to three years per visa application. You may renew and maintain this visa for a period of time not to exceed 7 years. This is a statutory time limitation and therefore if someone is interested to remain in the U.S. longer, it is important to begin the residency petition
as soon as possible.
11. How many times can I change employers under my L-1 Visa status?
There is no limit to the number of times you can change employers with an L-1 Visa. However, each employer must qualify to file for the L-1 Visa petition. Bear in mind that to be eligible for an L-1 Visa you need to have been employed outside the U.S. by the sponsor company or an affiliate for one of the last three years.
12. How long do I have to leave the country after my L-1 visa status expires or I lose my job?
do not have any extension period during which an individual may depart the United States and therefore you should depart immediately after your visa expires or your employment terminates. There are other visas that contain an automatic departure period. For example, an F-1 Student Visa contains an automatic 60 day departure period. However, L-1 Visas do not. Also, L-1 Visas become invalid upon the termination of employment or non-compliance with the conditions of the L-1 Visa (i.e. salary, position, duties, etc.).
The information contained here is general in nature and it may not necessarily apply to all situations. It is also subject to change at any point in time. Therefore, under no circumstance it should be construed as legal advice. Please ensure that you consult with an attorney regarding your specific situation before starting a legal process.