Immigration Lawyer, Woburn

intracompany transferee

The L-1 nonimmigrant classification permits a United States employer to transfer a manager or executive from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its existing offices in the United States or to a new office in the United States that is yet to be established. 


  • Initial Stay: Up to 3 years, 1 year if petition approval is for a "new office".

  • Extensions: Up to 2-year increments.

  • Maximum Stay: 7-year for L-1A and 5-year for L-1B.*

  • Petition Process: Employer files Form I-129 with USCIS.

  • Premium Processing: Available. 

  • Cost: Varies depending on size of the Petitioning Employer and its dependency on foreign workers. Costs may include:

    • $460 (I-129 Filing Fee);

    • $500 (Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee); 

    • $4,500 (Pub. L. 114-113); 

    • $1,440 ( I-907 Premium Processing Fee); and/or

    • $190 (DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application). 

  • Timeline: Varies. Visit the USCIS Processing Times website to the most up-to-date information.

* Time spent outside of the United States during the 5/7 year period does not count toward the 5/7 maximum period of stay, and may be added back, i.e., "recaptured."

Speak with an L-1 Visa Attorney in Woburn, MA


Lally Immigration Services, LLC prepares L-1A as well as L-1B petitions and advises clients on the following matters pertaining to L-1 eligibility:

  • One year continuous employment abroad;

  • Managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge position abroad;

  • Beneficiary’s prior education, training, and employment abroad;

  • Qualifying organizational relationships between:

    • Parent and subsidiary;

    • Affiliates; and/or

    • Joint ventures

  • Proposed managerial or executive position in the United States;

  • Specialized knowledge; and

  • Ownership and control of qualifying entities.

If you have questions about L-1 visas or the eligibility requirements for classification as an intracompany manager or executive, contact an L-1 Visa Lawyer in Woburn, Massachusetts. Lally Immigration Services is located in Woburn, MA and offers free initial phone consultations.