There are many different types of visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work in the United States for a limited amount of time. The United States L-1 visa allows companies that operate abroad and in the United States to move workers from foreign operations to the U.S. for up to seven years. Whether or not a worker is granted a visa will often depend on the position and qualifications of the applicant.
The two types of employees who may qualify for an L-1 visa include managers, executives, and specialized knowledge staff:
- Managers and executives: During the application process, the executive or manager will have to include a detailed description of their duties. They will have to show that they have supervisory responsibility for professional staff. It is common for managers to receive a three-year L-1A visa that can be increased in two-year increments.