L-1 Advantages

Dual Intent

Unlike other non-immigrant visa categories such as B1, E1, L-1 allows dual intent, meaning that Nonimmigrants in L-1 status can be the beneficiary of an immigrant visa petition, apply for adjustment of status, or take other steps toward Lawful

Permanent Resident status without affecting their status. Without dual intent exception, visa holders may be presumed to have immigrant intent and can be kept from entry as a matter of law unless proven otherwise.  Therefore, unlike other non-immigrant visa categories, there is no need to maintain foreign residence during L-1 visa holders’ US stay.

L-2 dependent can work and go to school in the US

Spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 years are eligible to accompany the L-1 visa holder on L-2 visa. The duration of valid stay is the same as that of the L-1 visa holder.  L-2 visa holders are permitted to go to school and work with employment authorization.

No Bilateral Treaty requirement

Unlike E-1 visa which required a treaty exist between the US and the foreign country the E status is sought, the L-1 qualifying relationship can exist between the US petitioner and foreign entity in any foreign countries.

No annul cap

Unlike H-1B, which is subject to an annual quota and requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, an L holder does not need a degree, nor subject to an annual quota. Congress has set no limits on the number of L-1B visas that can be approved every year.