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L1-A One Year in Last Three Rule

This is a very important rule to remember. It’s very common for an L1 candidate to work with a company, leave for a while and then come back, for example, career break, maternity leave and so forth.  The L1 visa provisions cater for this, but there are limits. The beneficiary must have been employed for at least one year continuously by the petitioning employer within the past three years.

For example, Let’s say John, a senior manager with Michael Motors left two years ago after five years of service. Michael Motors decides to open up a branch in the US and re-hires John to head up that branch. John would satisfy the one-year in three rule  because during the last three years John had held a senior position with Michael Motors for at least one year during that time.  Thus, John could be petitioned for an L visa.

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If a beneficiary has only been employed by the company a little over one year, then we need to examine whether the beneficiary had spent any time in the US. Any time spent in the US lasting longer than 30 days could not be counted towards the one-year qualifying period.

For example, Let’s say Marcus, a senior Analyst with PC Systems International (PCSI) has been employed by PCSI for 14 months. During the first three months of his employment Marcus had been sent to the US branch on a fact-finding mission. In this case, Marcus would not satisfy the one in three rule as he would have only spent 11 months outside of the US. The L1 petition would have to be delayed for one more month before being submitted.

If an employee is fired and re-hired within a very short period, for example up to 16 days, this would not be regarded as a meaningful interruption in service.  In other words, if the company wanted to petition that employee for an L visa the employee would not have to serve another continuous year with the company. Also, if the employee had served longer than a year in the previous three years then the employee may qualify in that way if the recent break was longer than 16 days.

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1 – Managers, Executives & Specialists
2 – The One Year Within Last Three Rule
3 – Start Up or Existing US Branch
4 – Temporary Intent vs. Dual Intent Rule
5 – Duration of L Visas
6 – Petitions Denied, Revoked or Withdrawn
7 – Continuing to do Business in Home Country
8 – Parent, Branch, Subsidiary and Affiliate
9 – Employment vs. Source of Paycheck
10 – Full-time/Part-time L1
11 – Managerial, Executive or Specialist Duties
12 – Working While Awaiting Renewal of L Status
13 – Spouse of L Visa Holder’s Right to Work
14 – Summary

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