Multinational Executives and Managers

Multinational executives and managers are exempt from the PERM labor certification requirement. Our firm represents multinational executives and managers who are “starting-up” business operations in the U.S. for foreign corporations as well those being transferred to the U.S. by large international corporations based in the U.S. or abroad.

Typically multinational executives and managers are first admitted to the US on L-1A visas.

President Trump has suspended the issuance of immigrant visas for most people in the employment-based categories until the end of 2020. However, those who are lawfully present in the US may adjust their status within the U.S.


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To be admitted as immigrants, multinational executives and managers must have been employed in a managerial or executive capacity for at least one out of the past three years. The past employment must be with the same employer, an affiliate, a parent or a subsidiary.

To qualify as an executive, a person must:

  1. direct the management of the organization or a major component or function of the organization;
  2. establish the goals and policies of the organization, component or function;
  3. exercise wide latitude in discretionary decisionmaking; and
  4. receive only general supervision from higher level executives, the board of directors, or stockholders of the organization.

To qualify as a manager, a person must: Multinational Executives and Managers

  1. manage the organization, or a department, subdivision, function, or component of the organization;
  2. supervise and control the work of other supervisory, professional, or managerial employees, or manages an essential function within the organization, or a department or subdivision of the organization;
  3. have the authority to hire and fire supervised employees, or recommend them for promotion or other personnel action, or (if there are no immediate supervisees) function at a senior level within the organizational hierarchy; and
  4. exercise direction over the day to day operations of the activity or function over which the worker has authority.

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