An increasing number of Brazilians choose to immigrate to the United States to invest in their own business venture, expand their business horizons, or simply look for better work opportunities.
There are a number of visas that Brazilian nationals can apply for when they decide to relocate to the United States. These include the EB-5 Investor Visa, the H-1B Temporary Work Visa, and the B-1 Business Visitor Visa.
According to Genilde Guerra, a partner at the Miami-based law firm Kravitz & Guerra which focuses on the processing of visas and Green Cards for foreign nationals, an increasing amount of people have applied for the L-1 (Treaty Trader) visa in the past years.
What is an L-1 Visa?
An individual can apply for an L-1 visa if he/she is an employee of a company with offices both in Brazil and the United States. This visa allows the person to relocate and work at the company’s offices in the United States. The visa requires that the individual has worked for that specific company for at least one full year before relocating to its US-based offices. Always consult an attorney who specializes in Immigration to the United States before you start your visa application process.
A noted benefit of this type of visa is that an L-1 holder’s spouse has the right to work in the United States too. An employee under the L-1 visa can change his/her status, and switch to an American-based employer, resulting in an application for an H-1B visa. The L-1 applicant can be from any country. Unlike the H1B visa that has a yearly cap of 65,000 per year, there is no yearly limit for the number of people who could obtain L-1.
In all cases, it is very important that you hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist you in the process. There are a lot of conditions that could affect every specific case so you need the right legal help to resolve all potential issues.