L-2 for dependents

The L-2 visa is for dependents of L1 visa holders. The L-1 visa is available for ompany transfers where an employee moves from an office in another country to work at the US office. They must have specialised skills that are required, or be a manager or executive who is setting up a US based office for the parent company.
The dependents of the L-1 visa holders (spouses and children under 21 years old) are able to travel with them to the US and stay throughout the period allowed by the L-1 visa. The maximum number of years for L-1A visa holders is 7 years, whilst L-2 visa holders can only stay for a maximum of 5 years.
L-2 visas differ from H-4 dependent visas because they currently allow the spouse to work in the US, once an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) has been submitted and approved. There are no restrictions on the type of work that they do, providing it is a legal job.
It is the responsibility of the dependent spouse to apply for EAD (rather than an employer) and when approved it will be valid for 2 years. Children of L2 visa holders are not able to apply for EAD to work in the US.

Other Visas


B-2 for pleasure or for medical treatment

The B-2 visa enables tourists to enter the US, where an ESTA is not applicable either because the applicant is not from one the Visa Waiver Program countries, or because their intended trip is for longer than the duration limit of the ESTA (90 days). The B2 visa is often referred to as the tourist visa USA and can also be used for travellers that are going to the US to receive medical treatment.

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M-1 Visa

Any foreign national that is looking to study in the US must obtain a student visa before entering the country. There are three different types of student visas, so it is vital that you check the criteria for each visa to ensure that you apply for the correct one, to avoid getting it declined and delaying the process.

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H-2B for skilled and unskilled workers

Whilst the H-2A visa applies for temporary workers in the agricultural, the H-2B is for temporary workers that are not within the agriculture industry. These jobs are where employers have struggled to find US workers that are able to do the temporary work and must therefore employ foreign nationals to do the essential work. Only nationals of the countries that have been agreed by the DHS are eligible for a H-2B visa, see the full list of countries here.

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