Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge

This nonimmigrant classification enables:

  •  A U.S. employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization’s interests from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States; or
  • A foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send a specialized knowledge employee to the United States to help establish one.


To qualify the employer must:

  • Have a qualifying relationship with a foreign parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate; and
  • Currently be, or will be, doing business as an employer in the United States;
  • Currently be, or will be doing business in at least one other country for the duration of the beneficiary’s stay in the United States as an L-1.

To qualify the employee must:

  • Have been working abroad with foreign employer for one continuous year within the three years immediately prior his or her admission to the United States; and
  • Be seeking to enter the United States to provide services in a specialized knowledge capacity to a branch of the same employer or one of its, subsidiaries or affiliates.

This visa gives a period of stay in the U.S. for one year to establish a new office. All other employees will be allowed a maximum stay of 3 years. Extensions may be granted in up to 2-year increments. Maximum period of stay is generally 5 years.


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