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Which Is Better: The L1 Visa vs H1B Visa?

Given a choice, is the L-1 visa or the H-1B visa the better option?

In general, the L-1A (versus the L-1B) visa is more optimal than the H-1B visa. Here are some of the reasons why:

l1 visa vs h1b visa

The L-1A visa has:

  • Longer validity period
  • No cap/quota (you can apply at any time)
  • Spouses can work
  • No minimum prevailing wage requirement
  • No minimum education requirements
  • Can likely apply for the faster track EB-1(C) green card category, which has no wait times or labor certification requirements.

The L-1B visa has different requirements and may not be a better option than the H-1B visa depending on the circumstances.

If an L-1 visa holder wants to work for a different employer, he or she can then switch to the H-1B visa (as long as he or she meets the H-1B visa requirements). However, the time spent on the L visa is counted against the H-1B visa time.

If you have any further questions about h1b visa, l1 visa or other immigration topics, please feel free to contact us and we can help you out.