L-1A: Intracompany Transferee Executives/Managers

What is and L-1A Intracompany Manager/Executive Petition and Who qualifies?

L-1A is a nonimmigrant visa for foreigners transferred by their current employer to manage a branch of the company located in the U.S. The applicant must 1) be working for a qualified organization, 2) in an executive or managerial role.

A “qualified organization” is a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate of a U.S. company as defined by USCIS.

The applicant must have been working overseas for the petitioning company for at least 1 of the last 3 years in an executive or managerial position.

An “executive” for the purpose of L-1A application is someone who directly manages the organization or a major part of the organization; directs goals and policies; has decision making authority; and is only generally supervised by superiors.

A “manager” for the purpose of L-1A application is someone who manages a subdivision of an organization; supervises and controls the work of other managerial employees; or manages an essential function of the company.

Required Documents

Evidence showing beneficiary has worked for the petitioning company in a managerial or executive capacity for the requisite time period may include but is not limited to:

  • Paystubs
  • Company support letters verifying executive/managerial role
  • Past employment experience letters and resume

The petitioning company must show that they are a qualified organization. Necessary documents may include but is not limited to:

  • Articles of incorporation
  • Statement of ownership and control by an authorized company official
  • Corporate bylaws
  • Corporate income tax returns
  • Lease of business locations
  • Evidence of relationship with affiliated foreign company

Interesting Fact

This particular visa allows companies who do not currently have an established U.S. office to send a manager or executive to the U.S. for the purpose of setting up an office. “New office” applications require additional documentation including business plans and proof of a business premise.

Attorney Role

To present a successful L-1A application, it is crucial to establish that the applicant and company qualify under the legal definitions set by USCIS. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help ensure the L-1A application has all the elements necessary to satisfy the requirements of the immigration authorities.

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