Specific Information on Qualifying Entities

As discussed in the general requirements section, overseas entities are required to be related to the U.S. company in a specific manner. The following is a brief discussion regarding the types of business structures that are recognized as acceptable qualifying relationships.

Majority Ownership

If a foreign entity owns more than 50% of a U.S. entity, the foreign entity is a majority owner of the U.S. entity. The same rule applies when the U.S. entity is the parent and owns more than 50% of the foreign entity. In both cases, the U.S. business is qualified to petition under the L visa category.

Sister Entities

If both the foreign entity and the U.S. entity have the same majority stock owner (owns more than 50% in both companies), the U.S. entity is qualified for L-1 application.

Less than majority ownership, but Control

If the parent entity owns 50% or less of the subsidiary, or either of the affiliates, the U.S. entity still may be qualified to apply for L visas if the parent company has actual control over the subsidiaries.

Example: Chinese company A holds 49% of the stocks of U.S. company B. The rest of the stocks are divided among another ten investors, none of them holding more than 10%. B will be qualified for L visa application because company A has actual control over company B.

Branch Office

If a foreign entity has a branch office in the U.S. or vice versa, the U.S. entity qualifies. However, the branch office must conduct real business and not serve only as an agent or representative.

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