L-1 Visa:

Commonly known as the intercompany transferee visa. The key to this visa is that a) a U.S. corporation has an affiliate or subsidiary overseas and b) 51% of the shares of both the corporation abroad and the U.S. Corporation are held by the same person or corporation. The two companies must continue to exist, with virtually the same corporate structure, through out the validity of the visa. This is a somewhat difficult scenario to maintain in our world of mergers and acquisitions. The employee must be at the executive or managerial level, or have specialized knowledge. Prior to entry to the U.S. he or she must have worked for one year in the last three years for the foreign company.

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