EB-1C Multinational Manager or Executives
New H-1B applications are subject to an annual numerical "cap" (limit) of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. The first 20,000 of the 65,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap.
The company must be a U.S. employer with a qualifying relationship with a foreign company, such as a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate.
The company must have been doing business in the U.S. for at least one year prior to filing.
The beneficiary must have been employed in an executive or managerial capacity for the foreign company for at least 1 year in the past 3 years before filing the petition.
The beneficiary will be employed in the U.S. in an executive or managerial position.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can an alien file on his or her own behalf for an EB-1C?
No. A U.S. employer must petition for the managers and executives under this classification. Accordingly, the employee is the beneficiary of an EB-1C application.
What is the difference between L-1A and EB-1C?
Although the requirement are very similar, L-1A and EB-1C are different petitions. L-1A petition is an employment-based, non-immigrant classification for employees from multinational companies. It is a work visa. While EB-1B is an immigration classification for managers and executives to obtain green cards in the U.S.
Do I have to obtain L-1A before applying for EB-1C?
No. Your employer can file EB-1C without you obtaining L1 visa. The petition can be filed while you are outside U.S. This way, you will start working for the U.S. entity after you obtain the work authorization.