L1-A to Green Card

Old Jan 6th 2010, 9:41 pm
  #1  
Bring on the snow!
Thread Starter
 
Rob_999's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,420
Rob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond repute
Default L1-A to Green Card

Hi,

I've just accepted a job in the US (Chicago), they're applying for a L1-A (intercompany transfer) for me and accompanying visas for the family (wife & daughter). They've also agreed to sponsor us for Green cards.

Couple of questions:
1) What's the timeline like to convert L1-A to Green card? Is there a waiting period before we can apply or can we get it underway as soon as L1-A is issued?
2) Is there a choice of visa for my wife. She's not planning to work immediately (our daughters only a few month old) but I'd rather get a work visa upfront in case she wants to go back to work
3) Is there anything else I should be asking the company to provide from a visa standpoint. They have agreed to pay all visa & processing costs for the family.

We're both british citizens but live in Vancouver, Canada as permanent residents. Daughter is Canadian and British citizen by descent (she'll have both Canadian & UK passports, we just have UK).

Many more questions to follow I'm sure..

Thanks,
Rob
Rob_999 is offline  
Old Jan 6th 2010, 9:45 pm
  #2  
Septic Sprout
 
tonrob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: Shanghai
Posts: 7,993
tonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond reputetonrob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Rob_999
Hi,

I've just accepted a job in the US (Chicago), they're applying for a L1-A (intercompany transfer) for me and accompanying visas for the family (wife & daughter). They've also agreed to sponsor us for Green cards.

Couple of questions:
1) What's the timeline like to convert L1-A to Green card? Is there a waiting period before we can apply or can we get it underway as soon as L1-A is issued?
2) Is there a choice of visa for my wife. She's not planning to work immediately (our daughters only a few month old) but I'd rather get a work visa upfront in case she wants to go back to work
3) Is there anything else I should be asking the company to provide from a visa standpoint. They have agreed to pay all visa & processing costs for the family.

We're both british citizens but live in Vancouver, Canada as permanent residents. Daughter is Canadian and British citizen by descent (she'll have both Canadian & UK passports, we just have UK).

Many more questions to follow I'm sure..

Thanks,
Rob
Wifey's fine. She gets an L-2 which allows her to get an EAD and therefore work.
tonrob is offline  
Old Jan 6th 2010, 9:50 pm
  #3  
Bring on the snow!
Thread Starter
 
Rob_999's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,420
Rob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by tonrob
Wifey's fine. She gets an L-2 which allows her to get an EAD and therefore work.
Excellent - just what I wanted to hear, wifey might have a different opinion though!
Rob_999 is offline  
Old Jan 6th 2010, 10:03 pm
  #4  
Resident Sillycow
 
mellybrown's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Dunwoody, GA!!
Posts: 1,651
mellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond reputemellybrown has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Rob_999
Excellent - just what I wanted to hear, wifey might have a different opinion though!
hehe ye I had hoped that my EAD would take months to come through so I could be a lady of leisure....sadly it came in just over a month
mellybrown is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 9:47 am
  #5  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,865
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Rob_999
What's the timeline like to convert L1-A to Green card? Is there a waiting period before we can apply or can we get it underway as soon as L1-A is issued?
You can start the process as soon as the visa is issued. It's entirely up to the company though... so perhaps that could be negotiated and put in writing. You won't believe the number of companies that agree to sponsor for a GC and then decide afterwards not to, or drag their feet so long as to appear totally indifferent. As for timelines... anywhere from 6 months to a year or two. It depends on where you are (ie. which district office you use), how quickly the company attorneys file paperwork, how timely you are at getting information to them, etc.


2) Is there a choice of visa for my wife. She's not planning to work immediately (our daughters only a few month old) but I'd rather get a work visa upfront in case she wants to go back to work
Your wife and daughter will both receive L-2 visas. Your wife won't get a "work visa" but she can apply for employment authorization once you're all in the US. Of course... even if she has permission to work, she doesn't have to work if she doesn't want to!


3) Is there anything else I should be asking the company to provide from a visa standpoint. They have agreed to pay all visa & processing costs for the family.
Your company sounds wonderful - sometimes it's like getting blood from a stone to get a company to arrange all the visa and processing costs *and* agree to a GC application.


Many more questions to follow I'm sure..
No worries.

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 6:28 pm
  #6  
Bring on the snow!
Thread Starter
 
Rob_999's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,420
Rob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond reputeRob_999 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by ian-mstm
You can start the process as soon as the visa is issued. It's entirely up to the company though... so perhaps that could be negotiated and put in writing. You won't believe the number of companies that agree to sponsor for a GC and then decide afterwards not to, or drag their feet so long as to appear totally indifferent. As for timelines... anywhere from 6 months to a year or two. It depends on where you are (ie. which district office you use), how quickly the company attorneys file paperwork, how timely you are at getting information to them, etc.



Your wife and daughter will both receive L-2 visas. Your wife won't get a "work visa" but she can apply for employment authorization once you're all in the US. Of course... even if she has permission to work, she doesn't have to work if she doesn't want to!



Your company sounds wonderful - sometimes it's like getting blood from a stone to get a company to arrange all the visa and processing costs *and* agree to a GC application.



No worries.

Ian
Thanks Ian - very clear & helpful advise. Cheers
Rob_999 is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 6:58 pm
  #7  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 222
wordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Rob_999
Hi,
I've just accepted a job in the US (Chicago), they're applying for a L1-A (intercompany transfer) for me and accompanying visas for the family (wife & daughter). They've also agreed to sponsor us for Green cards.
Get the ball rolling asap, although I'm curious if you might have to wait a year to meet basic residency requirements. Anyone know? I had an L1-A and didn't apply for a GC until after I'd renewed that L1 for another three years. The GC application was sponsored and paid for by the company, but it was far from a smooth process, mainly because between the HR department and the immigration attorney they managed to almost screw the whole thing up at several stages.

For example, my second L1 expired while the GC application was still being processed and somewhere along the line a communicaiton that I needed to apply for a temporary work permit to tide me over got lost, so I never got one. Fast forward to GC interview... I'm asked to turn in my work permit, to which I reply "um, I don't have one". Brief silence, followed by a chuckle and an "OK". Phew! This was, of course, before 9-11

So my only advice is you have to stay on top of everything yourself, regardless of who is supposed to be handling it for you.
wordfool is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 7:57 pm
  #8  
Just Joined
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 18
Mungo5 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

So here's an interesting question: If you're on an L1 and then apply for a Green card, are you still 'sponsored' by your employer.

Or in other words, once you have the Green Card can you leave that employer and goto another one?

Of course this is notwithstanding any sort of contract that might have been drawn up between you and your employer to that effect.

Thanks in adv.
Mungo5 is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 9:36 pm
  #9  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Seattle
Posts: 96
TheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud ofTheCynick has much to be proud of
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Mungo5
So here's an interesting question: If you're on an L1 and then apply for a Green card, are you still 'sponsored' by your employer.

Or in other words, once you have the Green Card can you leave that employer and goto another one?

Of course this is notwithstanding any sort of contract that might have been drawn up between you and your employer to that effect.
Once you get the GC then you are eligible to work for any employer (apart from jobs for which only USCs are eligible, of course).

I recall reading somewhere on the forum that you should wait an amount of time before changing employers in this case (although this may only be the case if you have an I-485 application pending rather than having the actual GC in hand - I forget)
TheCynick is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 10:12 pm
  #10  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,865
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by wordfool
I'm curious if you might have to wait a year to meet basic residency requirements.
For most (all?) areas of the US, residency for immigration purposes = 3 months.

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 10:15 pm
  #11  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,865
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Mungo5
If you're on an L1 and then apply for a Green card, are you still 'sponsored' by your employer.
Yes. Applying for a GC does not alter the original visa sponsorship.


Or in other words, once you have the Green Card can you leave that employer and goto another one?
Yes. By the way... this isn't "in other words". This is a completely different scenario.

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 10:20 pm
  #12  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,865
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by TheCynick
I recall reading somewhere on the forum that you should wait an amount of time before changing employers in this case...
There is no such legal requirement... it's a suggestion only. AFAIK, an employee who gets a GC can leave the sponsoring company the same day - if he so chooses.

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Jan 7th 2010, 10:53 pm
  #13  
JAJ
Retired
 
JAJ's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 34,649
JAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond reputeJAJ has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by wordfool
Get the ball rolling asap, although I'm curious if you might have to wait a year to meet basic residency requirements. Anyone know?
As far as I know, you can apply for a GC on Day One after arrival in the US on an L visa (if eligible). In fact, you can also skip the L visa and apply for an Immigrant Visa if you prefer.
JAJ is offline  
Old Jan 8th 2010, 12:57 am
  #14  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 222
wordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to beholdwordfool is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by Mungo5
Or in other words, once you have the Green Card can you leave that employer and goto another one?
Yes, and be sure to use that fact as leverage for a promotion or pay rise
wordfool is offline  
Old Jan 8th 2010, 12:37 pm
  #15  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 760
goldenstate31 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: L1-A to Green Card

Originally Posted by JAJ
In fact, you can also skip the L visa and apply for an Immigrant Visa if you prefer.
what do you mean?
goldenstate31 is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.