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Dec 9, 2011
Article #79
Author: Jessica Weiss, Esq.

If you ever wondered how a foreigner could come to America and open a US Office and either work here themselves or bring in other workers, there is a way. It is called the L-1A nonimmigrant visa for intra company managerial/executive transferees.  How does it work?  A foreign company has to be actively doing business abroad and want to open a branch office, subsidiary or affiliate company in the US.  They can transfer the owner of the business to the United States or they can transfer other qualifying workers. To qualify the individual must have worked as a Manager or Executive for the foreign company for one of the last three years before applying for an L-1A visa. Note if you are transferring the owner to the US office the foreign company must be actively doing business the entire time the US owner employee is working here.  Also, the foreign and US company must be owned by the same people or entities in similar proportions. There are no minimum salary requirements or degree requirements to transfer an individual to the US. 

Over my more than decade of experience helping individuals in this type of visa, it is a great way to further your business. Keep in mind you may have one type of business operation abroad but can run a totally different type of business in the US.  For example, if you own a textile business abroad but want to open a US restaurant you can do that. Also, this type of nonimmigrant visa slides nicely into a green card application to remain in the US on a permanent basis and I have helped dozens and dozens of individuals do just that.

Jessica Weiss, Esq. is an Immigration Attorney with the law firm of Weiss & Moy, P.C. and she can be contacted at 1-888-689-1862.  Weiss & Moy, PC is a leader in the Intellectual Property field, helping individuals and companies with patents, trademarks and copyright issues for over three decades.


We at SellingRestaurants feel obligated to educate the public, our customers and our clients with information that can help them make more intelligent buying and selling decisions. 

Mel Jones is one of the premier restaurant brokers in the nation having published hundreds of articles on buying and selling a restaurant and bar business, selling thousands of restaurants in CA., WA and AZ and building one of the most copied business models in the brokerage industry.  Mel started SellingRestaurants in 2004 with the one simple concept, give the buyers the information they need to make intelligent buying decisions without being pestered by a broker or hiding information, prepare the business for market by researching key details that make or break deals and educate the buyer on the buying process to create an intelligent buyer.  Prior to SellingRestaurants, Mel was a Chief Financial Officer for Universal Music Group, the largest music company in the world.  There he participated in more than $11.5 billion of merger and acquisition transactions.  He also work for top companies such as Nestle Foods, USA. He hold a Bachelors in Business Administration Finance as well as attended Law School at Gonzaga University.

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