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 an 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.
L-1 status is not necessary for immigrant advantages in this category, however, it offers a good case if the beneficiary has held L-1 status before. Many holders of L-1A visas can smoothly transit into becoming an EB-1C which is a permanent resident. The most significant benefit of gaining eligibility for a green card using the EB-1 visa is that the petitioner does not require labor certification. This is when the pool of U.S. labor for the job is assessed before the granting of a visa. There are also nearly always places available using the EB-1.
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.