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The L-1B Visa for Alien Workers with Specialized Knowledge

Hi William:

My company will open a new office in the United States, and will send me to work in the offcie for a short time as a specialized knowledge professional. What kind of visa do I need to apply for? and what are the requirements of "specialized knowledge"? 


The L-1B visa enables a U.S. employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization’s interests from one of its foreign offices to one of its offices in the U.S. The L-1B visa also enables a foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send a specialized knowledge employee to the U.S. to help establish a new office.

The term “specialized knowledge” refers to the employee’s understanding of the employer company, including its products, services, research, equipment, techniques, management or other interests and its application in international markets, or advanced knowledge of the company’s processes and procedures.

USCIS and consular officers will be looking for knowledge that is not widely held throughout the industry, but is truly specialized. They will also be looking to see that such knowledge is not readily available within the United States.

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