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Becoming An Executive In The United States: How Can I Get A Green Card?

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If you work for a corporation, you already know that many companies conduct activities all across the planet. Your job as an executive or a manager might require you to travel from time to time, and your travels might bring you to the United States on a semi-permanent basis. Faced with spending many months or perhaps years in their new stateside position, many executives choose to explore the possibility of getting a green card. But how easy is this to achieve?

If you’ve been searching for a way to obtain a green card as a corporate executive in the United States, you should get in touch with a qualified, experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. With help from one of these lawyers, you can strive for the best possible results in an efficient manner. It may be much easier to obtain a green card than you think, and this can result in a number of important benefits.

Intercorporate Transfers 

An intercorporate transfer is when a key employee – such as an executive or manager – is transferred from one head office to another. If you find yourself being transferred in this manner to an American head office, you are likely being tasked with important duties, such as revitalizing a company’s marketing campaigns, reviewing their books, or launching a completely new division. You might even be sent to the United States to establish a head office that doesn’t even exist yet.

The good news is that you can apply for a unique green card that applies specifically to this situation. This is called a L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa (1). In order to qualify, several factors must be present:

  • You must be an employee of a foreign company
  • That company must be in the process of doing business as an employer in the United States
  • You must have worked for the foreign company for at least one year
  • You must be an executive or a manager

According to the USCIS, an executive is anyone who makes decisions “of wide latitude without much oversight.” A manager, on the other hand, is someone who supervises and controls other employees or someone who is in charge of managing an “essential function” of the company without direct supervision (2).

In other words, you must play an important role in the company if you want to qualify for this type of visa.

Why Apply for a L-1 Visa? 

There are many benefits associated with an L-1 Visa. First of all, you can travel back and forth from the United States. Secondly, you can apply for visas for your family members who come with you to the United States. Finally, you may find it much easier to apply for a green card, as you can skip labor certification requirements during this process.

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today 

For help from a skilled Palm Beach County immigration lawyer, contact Devore Law Group. Over the years, we have helped immigrants of all types pursue citizenship and green cards in a highly effective manner. During your consultation, we can discuss your unique situation and determine the best possible course of action. Book your consultation today to get started.

Sources: 

uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/temporary-workers/l-1a-intracompany-transferee-executive-or-manager

uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:8%20section:1101%20edition:preli

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