L-1, L-1 Blanket
The E-1 visa is for citizens of countries with which the U.S. maintains a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation. E-1 visa applicants come to the U.S. with the plan to develop substantial commerce between the U.S. and country of origin. The visa holder must occupy an executive or supervisory position, or possess essential knowledge and skills for the satisfactory operation of the company.
The initial visa duration is between two and five years and it can be extended indefinitely. The spouse and children of the E-1 visa holder can enter and travel throughout the U.S. and abroad, including studying in the U.S. full-time. Further, the E-1 holder’s spouse can obtain a U.S. work permit.
Individuals who want to invest in the U.S. can obtain an E-2 visa if the applicant is a citizen of a country that maintains an Investment Treaty with the United States. The reason for entry should be to develop and direct operations of a company that has or is in the process of making a substantial investment.
The spouse and children of the E-2 visa holder can enter and travel throughout the U.S. and abroad, including studying in the U.S. full-time. Further, the E-1 holder’s spouse can obtain a U.S. work permit.
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The L-1 visa is utilized by international companies to internally transfer professional employees to provide services in the U.S. similar to those served in the company abroad. The beneficiary should have worked for at least one year in the past three years at the company abroad in an executive, managerial, or specialty occupation role. The beneficiary of an L-1 visa comes to the U.S. to work at a related company to the company abroad (affiliate, subsidiary, etc.) in an executive, managerial, or specialty occupational role.
The L-1 Blanket program is designed to allow large multinational companies to move executives, managers, and specialty occupation employees to the U.S. with a shorter waiting period for visa adjudication compared to regular L-1 visas.
The L-2 visa is for immediate family members of the L-1 beneficiary (spouse and children under 21 years old). This visa allows family members to stay in the U.S. during the L-1 beneficiary’s period of approved stay. In addition, those who carry an L-2 visa can obtain a U.S. work permit, study full-time in the U.S., and travel freely within and outside of the United States as they wish