This category of visa is available to foreign nationals who have worked abroad for at least one out of the three years immediately prior to entry to the United States as a manager, executive, or specialized knowledge employee of a foreign affiliate of a U.S. company and who will be transferred to the U.S. affiliate to work in a similar position.
If someone is eligible for this category, it is probably the best employment visa to use, as the DOL is not brought into the process.
One attractive option frequently used by large companies is the "blanket L-1." This allows the transfer of foreign national managers, executives or specialized knowledge personnel via the filing of a single petition. If approved, the petition allows for an extremely expedited process for obtaining visas for such employees.
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