The United States of America has long been known as the land of opportunity. The U.S. economy is extremely resilient and is the world’s largest capital market. Furthermore, it holds one of the strongest currencies globally. Children have access to free public education, and university students have access to scholarships, grants, and 0% loans in line with the government’s policy of the right to education for every student. Living the American dream in a diverse society with world-class healthcare, a wealth of employment opportunities and entrepreneurial success can be at your fingertips. A life of stability for you and your family awaits you.

Under the L-1 Program, a foreign business owner can open a sister or affiliate company within the US and transfer as a Manager of the company on an L-1 visa. The L-1 visa is generally renewable for up to 7 years. During this time, the L-1 visa holder accompanied by the spouse, and any children under the age of 21 can live, work, and go to school in the United States. Should the L-1 visa holder desire a green card or permanent residency, other subsequent processes are available for eligible applicants such as an EB1-C.

Please see below for the full L-1 process and contact us today for a free consultation with US L-1 lawyers and specialists.

L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa
Investment AmountUSD $150,000 (Recommended Minimum)
Investment TypeBusiness in the United States owned by or directly affiliated with foreign company
ChildrenYes (under 21 years of age)
Processing Time30 to 90 Days
Physical Residency RequirementsMust be physically present in the United States
Length Of Status Received1 year subject to extension for up to 7 years
Permanent ResidencyEligible after 1 to 3 years on L-1 Visa via second route (ex: EB-1C)
CitizenshipNo directly via L-1. After 5 years of holding permanent residency if green card is obtained through second route
Specific Program RequirementsDetailed business plans and viability reports.
Prove one year of managerial experience in the prior three years.
U.S. based business owned by foreign business.
Must have operating business abroad.
Nationality DisqualificationsNo
Dual CitizenshipYes
Your Journey

Step 1

STEP GLOBAL will do a Free Assessment on eligibility of Applicant / If Eligible all required documents will be collected from Applicant / Application will be compiled and submitted to the Government for Processing.

Step 2

A Form I-129 must be filed at least 45 days before the employee’s start date but not more than 6 months prior to employment

Step 3

Applicable Fees are paid / Interview and biometrics appointments are scheduled if an interview is not waived.

Step 4

Within 1 to 5 months the application is processed for approval / Approval is provided to the visa issuance at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
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