L1-A/EB-1C Multinational Executives/Managers


If you own an overseas company and there is a subsidiary or an affiliate in the U.S., you may sponsor a multinational executive or a manager of your company for permanent residence under EB-1 or for a temporary L-1A work visa. A little known, but extremely useful, fact is that the U.S. company does not have to be in the same industry or even related to the industry of the foreign company, as long as the companies possess the requisite relationship requirements.

Multinational Executives and Managers

The threshold requirements are similar for petitions for permanent residence under EB-1C and for petitions for temporary L-1A work visa. For both, the foreign national would have to be employed outside the U.S. for the foreign company at least 1 year as a manager or executive in the 3 years preceding the time of his application. He must also be seeking to enter the U.S. in order to continue to render the services to the same employer or to a subsidiary or affiliate of the employer in a managerial or executive capacity.

L-1A is known as a “dual intent” visa, so beneficiaries may enter with the intent to obtain a green card through the EB-1C category. Since there are few applicants that qualify for this, there is usually no wait for available visa numbers in order for the beneficiary to adjust his/her status. Additionally, unlike the EB-2 and EB-3 petitions, no Labor Certification is required for employees seeking to immigrate to the U.S. under this category. For these reason, being able to come here under EB-1C is extremely beneficial.

Our firm will work with you to collect all required information to show that you qualify, initially for the L-1A, and then later for the EB-1C. Our firm also has the experience to help you file a blanket L petition to cover all future employees coming to the U.S., if you anticipate bringing in a large amount of employees to work for your U.S. company.