Home William's Answers for Immigration and Visa Questions  |    Facebook  Twitter
Does My Time Spending in H-1B Visa Count toward the L1A Visa Time Limit?

Hi William,

I have been working with H-1B visa for more than 2 years in the United States. Now, a multinational company wants to hire me as an executive to open their new office and develop new business in U.S. My question is does my time spending in the U.S. with H-1B visa count toward the L1A visa time limit? Thank you. 


Yes, your time spending in the U.S. with H-1B visa will be count toward the L1A visa time limit.

For executives and managers in a multinational company working in the United States, the L-1A visa maximum time limit is 7 years. The initial L-1A visa time is 3 years, with 2 additional extension times, up to 2 years for each extension. If you have worked on H-1B visa previously, your time spending on H visa will be count to the L1A visa maximum time limit of 7 years.

Questions & Answers for Green Card Application
EB1 Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A)
EB1 Outstanding Professor / Researcher (EB-1B)
EB1 Multinational Executive or Manager (EB-1C)
EB2 National Interest Waiver (NIW)
Form I-485 Adjustment of Status
PERM Labor Certification
Form I-140 Application after Labor Certification
Request For Evidence (RFE) for EB1, NIW, L1 Visa
Questions & Answers for Working Visa Application
J-1 Waiver of 2-Year Home Residence
H-1B Visa Application or Extension
O-1 Visa Application or Extension
L-1 Visa Application or Extension
P-1, P-2, P-3 Visa Application or Extension
William's Answers for Immigration Questions
Home Page

For All Your Immigration and Green Card Application Needs
EB-1A sample of reference letter graphic © Green Card Application Service, www.greencardapply.com