EB-1C Business Manager Preference Category

The EB-1C is a First Preference visa.  A First Preference Immigration Petition (EB-1) is an employment-based petition for permanent residence reserved for those most able and accomplished in their fields of arts, sciences, education, business, or sports. Immigrant visa numbers are immediately available under the EB-1 category. The first preference category is allotted 40,000 annual immigrant visas. EB-1 status may be obtained through Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing.

A specific employment-based immigrant preference category (EB-1C) exists for managers and executives who meet L-1A standards and are interested in becoming lawful permanent residents. L1-A status is offered to those intercompany executive or managerial transferees that will be coming to the United States only temporarily. Although L-1A status is not a prerequisite for immigrant benefits in this category, an immigrant petitioner will have a stronger case for the EB-1C immigrant category if he was in L-1A status prior to applying for EB-1C status. EB-1C applicants can and do succeed without prior L-1A status.

The EB-1C visa is a good way for small or start-up overseas companies to expand their business and services to the United States. This is advantageous to smaller companies because its allows for the transfer of a highly proficient manager or executive employee with valuable company experience.


(last update 2014)

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