Can a person with L1 visa change jobs?
L1 visa pathway can be availed by that professional who wishes to move to the USA in their overseas company’s branch or subsidiary. These professionals can be senior managers, senior executives, and specialized knowledge workers. There is no quota on the applications with no minimum investment, no job offer, and no academic degree. You can bring your spouse and dependents under the L2 visa where they can apply to work in the USA.
USA Business Visa
This USA business visa pathway comes with many requirements and one of the primary requirements is that the applicant cannot switch jobs while on their L1 Visa. The pathway is chiefly intended for intra-company transfers between the overseas parent company and the US branch or subsidiary. Therefore, switching jobs or moving to a different company in the USA is not permitted under the program.
This type of business visa is proposed to spearhead business operations in the USA. But, if you are adamant to change your job in the USA, you can choose an alternate pathway. You can switch your existing ICT Program to H-1B Visa. You need to find an appropriate employer who can sponsor you for the H-1B Visa application. There is no straightforward pathway to switch the visa, therefore you need to begin from scratch. Since you are stationed in the USA you will be exempt from the consular interview and apply for change of status. Even if your H-1B visa is not approved, you can still continue your job and remain in the USA under the L1 Visa.
Both the L1 program and H-1B Visa are long-term residency visas that do not immediately lead to permanent residency. However, under this USA Business Visa, you can achieve permanent residency or green card either by applying for PERM Labour Certification or EB1C upon meeting the eligibility requirements.
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