Benefits of EB-1C Green Card
Key advantages of the multinational manager and executive Immigrant Visa application.
There are several key advantages of the multinational manager and executive Immigrant Visa application:
- EB-1C does not require a PERM Labor Certification. In most cases, skipping the labor certification step speeds up the entire process and enables you to obtain work or travel authorization more quickly.
- All priority dates are current, Which indicates that you will have access to a visa number. As soon as the USCIS approves your I-140, you can file your I-485. In contrast, some EB2 and EB3 categories may have a lengthy waiting period.
- The immigrant applicant’s case would be stronger for EB-1C if they had prior L-1A status as the requirements are very similar between the Nonimmigrant L-1A visa and the EB-1C Immigrant Visa.
- There is no personal investment requirement. Unlike the EB-5 visa, applicants do not need to submit excessive capital investments or create jobs to qualify.
EB-1C vs. L-1A
The requirements for an EB-1C immigrant visa is almost the same as those for obtaining an L-1A status. Both the EB-1C and the L-1A applications require a qualifying relationship between a U.S. company and a foreign company, one year or continuous employment overseas, and that the applicant has held and will fill a senior managerial or executive position in both the overseas company and the sponsoring U.S. company.
Although the L-1A and the EB-1C are very similar in many aspects, there are some essential differences an applicant should be mindful of, including
- The EB-1C is an immigrant visa. The L-1A is a temporary nonimmigrant visa.
- A manager or executive can be moved from one of an employer's overseas offices to one of its U.S. locations under the L-1A nonimmigrant classification. Additionally, the L-1A visa allows a foreign company to bring a manager or executive to the U.S. to open an affiliate office if none already exists.
- An EB-1C is an Immigrant Visa and does not by itself provide the applicant with work authorization. The applicant must have status in the U.S. in addition to this application to work. The L-1A allows the applicant to work immediately after approval.
The EB-1C status requires that the U.S. office has been operating for at least one year, while the L-1A status will enable applicants to enter the U.S. to open new offices with no prior U.S. operation.
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