6 Benefits of the L1 Visa





In this blog post, we will delve into the advantages of the L1 visa—a nonimmigrant visa that allows a foreign company to transfer an executive, manager or specialized knowledge employee to work for a related U.S. company. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a worker seeking employment in the United States, understanding the benefits of the L1 visa can help you make an informed decision. So, let’s dive in and explore the six key benefits of the L1 visa.


1. No Substantial Investment Required


Unlike other visa options like the E2, the L1 visa does not have a specific requirement for making a substantial investment in a U.S. company. This makes the L1 visa particularly appealing to entrepreneurs who are considering various visa options for expanding their businesses in the United States. However, although no specific investment amount is enumerated, new office applications must demonstrate that within one year of the approval of the petition, the intended U.S. operation will be able to support an executive or manager due to the size of the U.S investment.


2. Not Limited to Specific Countries


Unlike some visa types that are limited to citizens of specific countries, the L1 visa is generally available to citizens of all countries. This lack of country-specific limitations makes the L1 visa a versatile option for individuals seeking employment opportunities in the United States.


3. Extended Stay in the United States


The L1 visa provides the opportunity for a considerable period of stay in the United States, particularly if an L1 applicant has not utilized any time on H1B status. L1A visa holders can extend their visa for a total maximum period of stay of up to seven years, while L1B visa holders can extend their maximum period of stay for up to five years. These extensions allow individuals to stay in the United States for a substantial duration and may also include recapture time which requests back time spent outside the U.S. during the duration of the L1 status.


4. Dual Intent Visa


The L1 visa is classified as a dual intent visa, meaning that applicants can harbor the intent to ultimately obtain a green card while applying for the L1 visa. Unlike certain nonimmigrant visas, the L1 does not require applicants to solely maintain nonimmigrant intent. This flexibility allows individuals to pursue permanent residency while temporarily working in the United States on L1 status.


5. Convenient Pathway to Green Card


The L1 visa provides a relatively convenient pathway to obtaining a green card through the EB1C category, which is specifically designed for multinational managers and executives. The requirements for EB1C are similar to those of the L1 visa, making the transition to a green card a viable option for L1 visa holders who meet the necessary criteria.


6. Eligible for Premium Processing


The L1 visa is eligible for premium processing, offering an expedited adjudication process. By paying an additional fee, applicants can have their L1 visa application processed within 15 calendar days, providing a faster route for obtaining approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).




The L1 visa offers several significant advantages for entrepreneurs and individuals seeking employment opportunities in the United States. Its lack of a substantial investment requirement, broad eligibility for citizens of all countries, extended stay options, dual intent classification, convenient pathway to a green card, and eligibility for premium processing make it an appealing choice. Understanding these benefits can help you make an informed decision when considering the L1 visa as your immigration option. If you found this information valuable, don’t hesitate to share it with others who might benefit. Remember, knowledge is power, and we aim to empower individuals with immigration insights. Stay tuned for more informative content in the future.

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