Work (H1-B, L-1)
H and L visas require approved petitions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before a visa interview can be scheduled.
Specialized Workers (H1-B, H-4)
H visas are designed for skilled temporary workers in a specialty occupation to fill vacancies in the United States. Applicants must possess a relevant four-year college degree or equivalent work experience to qualify. Spouses and children on H-4 visas may not work in the U.S.
In some circumstances, applicants may request a "B1 in Lieu of H" visa, which allows H-1B work on a B1 or B1/B2 visa.
Intra-Company Transfers (L-1, L-2)
L visas are for intra-company transferees who, within the three preceding years, have been employed abroad continuously for one year, and who will be employed by a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of that same employer in the U.S.
Workers can be petitioned individually or under a blanket petition, and must qualify as either a specialized knowledge professional or an executive/manager.
L-2 visa holders may work in the U.S. but must have employment authorization from the Department of Homeland Security.
How to Apply
H and L applicants follow the nonimmigrant visa application process.
Please bring copies of your Form I-797 Notice of Action and your I-129 petition to the interview. Blanket L applicants bring 3 copies of the I-129 for stamping.
Apply Early! Although the vast majority of visas are delivered in a week or less, some applications require administrative processing. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received your visa.
Science and technology applicants may require administrative processing. In some cases, administrative processing can take up to 5 or 6 weeks, although it is often faster. Bring supporting documents to minimize the processing time.
Please check out the complete fee information. Please note: Blanket L-1 applicants must pay an additional anti-fraud fee.