L-1 Visas & Statuses

The L-1 intra-company transferee classification is appropriate for the transfer of specified types of employees within multinational companies. This category permits a U.S. company to temporarily transfer certain employees from a properly affiliated foreign company. The employee must be offered employment in either an executive / managerial position or in a specialized knowledge position to qualify for this classification. Executive / managerial transferees are given the L1A designation. Specialized knowledge transferees are given the L1B designation. Large employers may be eligible to file blanket L-1 petitions with the USCIS, rather than filing individual petitions for each employee.


  • To be eligible to file L-1 petition/s, a qualifying relationship must exist between the U.S. company and the foreign company. Qualifying relationships include parent company, branch, subsidiary or affiliate.
  • The transferred employee must have been employed by the foreign affiliate for at least one continuous year within the three years prior to coming to the United States.

  • How We Can Help You

  • ASM Legal Professional Corporation can guide and represent employers in the preparation of individual and blanket L-1 petitions.
  • Our attorneys can consult with companies considering or initiating the establishment of new offices in the United States with regard to L-1 related planning for staffing a new office.
  • We can provide representation and assistance in connection with L-1 visa applications at U.S. consulates.
  • Our attorneys are available to consult with both employers and employees to discuss their options and responsibilities within the L-1 category.

  • For More on L-1 Visas & Status, See Worker Page

    For L-1 visa or status news, information, complexities, and options, see the Worker page.