L1 visa or H1 visa?

Old Feb 6th 2001, 8:02 am
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rm
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Hi,

I'm employed by a large international company and I'm currently stationed in the UK. Now,
I'm about to transfer to the US subsidiary of this company. The visa they have suggested
we should use is L1 (specialty knowledge category). As far as I understand, an alternative
could be to instead use a H1-B visa (which I should qualify for with my educational
background, M Sc computer science). My question is: Does it matter (to me)? I know that
there is a difference in the number of years they are valid, but except for that? Is
either of them "better" with respect to, say, a possible application for a green card?

/ Robert
 
Old Feb 11th 2001, 3:54 pm
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Ingo
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Go for an L-1. It's a bit faster, cheaper and not subject to a quota. Otherwise, L-1 and
H-1B are almost identical. As a matter of fact, the number of years spent on one counts
towards the other if you ever change.

Ingo

>Hi,
>
>I'm employed by a large international company and I'm currently stationed in the UK.
>Now, I'm about to transfer to the US subsidiary of this company. The visa they have
>suggested we should use is L1 (specialty knowledge category). As far as I understand, an
>alternative could be to instead use a H1-B visa (which I should qualify for with my
>educational background, M Sc computer science). My question is: Does it matter (to me)?
>I know that there is a difference in the number of years they are valid, but except for
>that? Is either of them "better" with respect to, say, a possible application for a
>green card?
>
>/ Robert

I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. For reliable advice, please consult with a
professional immigration attorney.

For further information, check the following frequently-requested links.

For many questions, you may find answers at http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html
(Department of State)

or http://ins.usdoj.gov (INS).

For consular policies and visa reciprocity fees, find your consulate in
http://travel.state.gov/links.html

For DOL Faxback status information: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/

For information on affidavit of support for marriage to US citizens (I-864), go to
http://travel.state.gov/i864gen.html and http://travel.state.gov/checklist.html

For information on entering the US as a K-1: http://www.k1poelist.com/

For poverty levels, see http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty/00poverty.htm

For information on H/L/O/P visa extensions at Dept. of State in St. Louis, MO, see
http://travel.state.gov/revals.html

For non-official information, check:

(When using these sites, and any Web sites, please watch out for privacy, as I do not know
all site operators.)

http://www.visalaw.com http://www.shusterman.com http://www.immigration.com
http://members.aol.com/MDUdall http://www.murthy.com/ http://www.getusavisa.com
http://greencard-lottery.virtualave.net/ http://www.jcvisa.com (H-1B)
http://www.h1bresources.com (marriage and fiancee) http://www.kamya.com/misc/ (marriage
and fiancee) http://www2.apex.net/users/thehydes http://www.formshome.com
http://www.workpermit.com

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Web site owners and do not receive nor accept payment in return for listing them, and
typically don't even know them.

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