Fact of the Week: L-1 Visas are Vital to U.S. Employers in the Global Economy

Fact of the Week

​​​May 14, 2013

L-1 Visas are Vital to U.​​S. Employers in the Global Economy


Ability to Transfer Employees from One Office to Another is a Critical Part of Global Operations for Economy-growing Companies​

  • What is an L-1 visa?
    Globally engaged U.S. companies with operations around the world need to be able to transfer their current employees, including executives, managers and professionals with specialized knowledge of the employers’ business, from an office abroad to one in the United States for temporary assignments as business demands. The L-1 visa is how they do it.

  • Why did Congress create the L-1 visa?
    In 1970, Congress recognized that a means to temporarily transfer personnel between affiliated United States and overseas entities would encourage growth. The L-1 visa is an essential tool to promote the seamless operation of global businesses by allowing U.S. employers to bring key employees from their overseas operations to the United States to perform critical business functions.

  • How do L-1 visas help grow the U.S. economy?
    By allowing U.S. employers to move employees around the globe, the L-1 visa recognizes the globally interconnected economy that today’s businesses must operate in and encourages continued investment in the United States.

  • Who supports it?
    ACIP, SHRM and a wide range of cross-industry organizations support amendments to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) that will ensure U.S. employers have access to highly skilled temporary workers, including through the L-1 visa. Read their letter of support here.

Congress –

Don’t restrict an important part of U.S. businesses’ ability to perform critical business functions. Protect the L-1 visa!


It’s a new world.

The time for new employment-based immigration policies is now.

Learn more about the much-needed reforms to the U.S. employment-based immigration system in the ACIP-SHRM primer, “Navigating the U.S. Employment-based Immigration System.”
As strategic affiliates, the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) help advance U.S. growth, innovation and job creation by supporting employers and their employees as they navigate the most pressing workforce and talent management issues, which includes reform of the U.S. immigration system. Learn more about ACIP at www.acip.com. Learn more about SHRM at www.shrm.org​.




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