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  • The L-1 applicant must prove a relationship between the petitioning US business and a foreign entity.
  • Sufficient physical office space must be secured for the US branch.
  • The L-1 visa applicant’s goal must be to open and staff an office branch in the United States within the first year of entry.
  • The transferee must have spent one year at the foreign entity in the past 3 years before applying for L-1 visa status.
  • The L-1 transferee must prove that he/she will occupy a senior management/executive role.
  • There is no wage minimum required to obtain L-1 status, but low wages are not recommended.

Please note that the spouses of L-1 non immigrants are authorized for employment, upon application to USCIS.