Adjustment of Status: L-1 to Green Card
The L-1 visa is an employment non-immigrant temporary visa. Like the H-1B, it still offers “dual intent”, which means that a holder of an L-1 visa and his or her dependents can apply to become permanent residents without compromising their L visa or any visa applications made through a U.S. consular office overseas.
An employment-based preference immigrant category called the EB-1C is available for executives and managers who match the L-1 requirements and who wish to become U.S. permanent residents. This EB-1 category is a employment centered petition for access to permanent residency and is reserved for applicants who rank as the most accomplished and able in their specialized fields within the areas of sports, the arts, the sciences, business and education. This first preference division has an annual quota of 40,000 visas.
The EB-1C petition prerequisites are nearly the same as the non-immigrant L-1A petition which include the following:
The process for accessing a green card is as follows:
There are other ways of obtaining a Green Card for a foreigner on an L-1 status visa including immigration based on family ties.