US brings in new norm on L-1 visa, provides leeway
A leeway has been built in for the employees already working for the sponsoring company on an H-1B visa, as they may be able to adjust the time requirement.
However, a leeway has been built in for the employees already working for the sponsoring company on an H-1B visa, as they may be able to adjust the time requirement.
“The new L-I policy guidance clarifies ambiguities between the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the implementing regulations. It confirms what a cautious immigration attorney has always been advising clients,” says Cyrus D Mehta, founder of a New York-based law firm.
“Now it is clear that eligibility must be met at the time of filing. This may require some employers to delay their application for L-1 visas until the full one year is met, but having a clear policy at least puts employers on notice so that they can comply and avoid unnecessary denial,” Emily Neumann, immigration advocate and partner at Reddy & Neumann told media.
The L-1A visa is for intra-company transferees who work in managerial or executive positions in a company located outside US, whereas the L-1B visa applies for those employees who work in positions that require specialised knowledge. Companies like TCS, Infosys and Tech Mahindra are among the top applicants for L-1 visas.