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L-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the definition of a Manager for L-1 visa purpose?

The definition of manager for L-1 visas includes an employee who manages an essential function of the business within a qualifying organization. A special definition of Manager applies when you are coming to set up a new U.S. office or purchase a new business. The USCIS regulations provide that in a new office situation it must be shown that the new office will be able to sustain a Manager or Executive transferee within one year of approval of the petition. This may be done through submission of a statement by the employer to the USCIS including:

  • Proposed nature of the office, describing the scope of the entity, its organization structure, and its financial goals
  • Size of the U.S. investment and the financial ability of the foreign entity to remunerate the L-1 beneficiary and to commence doing business in the U.S.

What is the minimum educational requirement and business experience for an Executive or Manager to get L-1 visa?

There is no minimum educational requirement for L-1 visa, however, you must have:

  • Worked for a corporation as Executive or high level Manager, or
  • Managed an essential function of the business, such as marketing or accounting functions with proper education to back it up, for at least one year in the preceding three years

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If I have worked as a Manager in a key position for a company or corporation in my country do I qualify for L-1 visa?

Yes, if your company can send you to the U.S. to work for a branch office, subsidiary or affiliate, or to open and manage a franchise or non-franchise business.

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