Benefits of the L-1 Visa
The spouses and dependents of L-1 visa holders are eligible to receive an L-2 visa which allows the holder to work while they are in the country.
L-2 Visa for Dependents
The spouses and dependents of L-1 visa holders are eligible to receive an L-2 visa. The L-2 visa allows the holder to work while they are in the country, in contrast to the H-4 visa, which is the dependent visa for H-1B spouses and only allows for work authorization if the H-1B holder possesses an approved Immigrant Visa.
The L-2 visa has a straightforward application process. It can be processed at the same time as the L-1 applicant or at a separate time if the L-1 applicant has reason to file the two separately.
What do you need to do to apply for L-2 Visa?
- Complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Pay the application fee: $160 (may vary depending on your country of origin)
- Book two visa appointments: one for biometrics and the other for the interview
- Submit all your supporting documents
- Attend biometrics appointment and interview
- If your visa is approved, the consular officer will let you know immediately
Other benefits of the L-1 Visa:
- Compared to the H-1B visa is only available in a limited quantity every year, the L-1 visa is not subject to any numeric limits
- Companies can apply for blanket petitions for their employees to qualify for an L-1 Visa. The L-1 Blanket petition allows employees of multinational companies who are transferring to the U.S. as managers, executives, or those with specialized knowledge to apply directly at the U.S. consulate for the L-1 visa
- The L-1 visa is frequently renewed for a duration of 5 to 7 years
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