Imagine you’re working for the tech giant, Google, in Dublin. You live and breathe your job, but you’ve always fantasized about living in the United States. With the USA L-1 visa, you could theoretically relocate to the US AND continue working for Google. Yup, you may be wondering, how is this possible?
In this ultimate guide to the USA L-1 visa, we walk you through everything you need to know to successfully complete an inter-company transfer to the United States.
What is the L-1 Visa?
The L-1 visa (intercompany transfer) is a type of work visa the USA issues to professionals wishing to legally work in the country. The visa is issued to people who are already employed by the company in another country, and who simply wish to relocate to an American office. Visa holders who wish to partake in a long-term assignment at a U.S site or facility must also apply for the L-1 visa.
Depending on the type of work, two L-1 visa categories exist:
L-1A: Given to managers and executives. In turn, the individual must prove they hold an executive or managerial position with the company.
L-1B: Given to individuals whose work requires specialized knowledge capacity.