Main Article: Immigration
Main Article: Non-Immigrant visa types
The L-1 is a temporary work visa that allows the holder to work in the United States for a relatively short amount of time, depending on a country reciprocity schedule (Iran nationals can stay for 3 months while German nationals can stay for 5 years). L-1 holders may extend their stay, however the maximum stay is 7 years.
L-1 visas are available to employees of international companies that have offices in the United States and abroad. This visa allows employees to relocate to the corporation’s U.S. office after having worked for the corporation for at least one continuous year.
Spouses and dependents of L-1 visa holders may work in the U.S. without restriction (under the L-2 visa) and the L-1 visa can legally be used as a stepping stone to a green card.