Intra-company Transferees (L-1)

Multinational Executives and Managers & Specialized Knowledge Workers

The L-1 intra-company transferee is a nonimmigrant visa category for the transfer of certain employees within multinational companies. Certain employees of foreign companies can transfer to a U.S. company which maintains the requisite corporate relationship with the foreign national’s employer company abroad. Eligible under this category are those offered employment in the capacity of a manager, executive, or other specialized knowledge position. First line supervisors are not considered managers unless they supervise professionals. Large companies that meet specific requirements may file a single blanket L-1 petition for all their employees.

A person acting in managerial capacity:

  • Manages the business organization, department, subdivision, function or component;
  • Supervises and controls the work of other supervisory, professional or managerial employees, or manages an essential function within the organization, department, division or subdivision;
  • Hires and fires employees, takes other personnel decisions; and
  • Exercises discretion over day-to-day operations.

A person acting in executive capacity means:

  • Directs the management of the organization or a component or function;
  • Establishes goals and policies;
  • Exercises wide latitude in discretionary decision making; and
  • Receives only general supervision or direction from senior executives, board of directors or stockholders.

An employee with specialized knowledge means:

  • A person who has special knowledge of the company’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, management or other interests and its application in international markets, or has advanced level of knowledge of processes and procedures of the company.