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L-1B Visa for Specialized Knowledge Employees

The L-1B Visa is for specialized knowledge employees.

L-1B visa applicants must have specialized knowledge of the company’s products or procedures.

Specialized-knowledge employees must have a detailed understanding of the company’s products / services and the international markets for those products / services, OR they have advanced knowledge of company processes and procedures.

It must be knowledge that can be obtained only through experience with that employer, such as experience with proprietary software or methodologies unique to the company, which is also important to the competitiveness of the company.

Knowledge which is widely held or related to common practices or techniques and which is readily available in the United States job market is not specialized for purposes of L classification.

The level of knowledge required and the employment of the specific alien must directly relate to the proprietary interest of the petitioner.

To be proprietary, the knowledge must relate to something which relates exclusively to the petitioner’s business.

USCIS has identified the following characteristics of an employee with specialized knowledge, all of which should be present to ensure success.

The L-1B beneficiary must:

  • Have knowledge that is valuable to the employer’s competitiveness in the marketplace.
  • Be especially qualified to contribute to the U.S. employer’s knowledge of foreign operation conditions.
  • Have been a key employee somewhere other than in the United States, with significant assignments that have enhanced the employer’s productivity, competitiveness, image, or financial position.
  • Have special knowledge that can usually be gained through extensive prior experience with the employer.

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