Congratulations! You’ve been issued an L-1 visa and are on your way to the U.S. There’s just one question: what about the old ball and chain (also known as your spouse and kids)?
Thankfully, there’s no need to worry. You won’t have to leave your dependents behind if you do not wish to.
Because you are an L-1 beneficiary, your spouse and any unmarried children you may have under the age of 21 are eligible for L-2 visas. The L-2 classification allows L-1 dependents to live with L-1 holders in the United States for the duration of their stay.
L-2 holders are able to attend school, but in order to work legally, they must apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). L-2 children, however, are not eligible for an EAD.
The L visa is a “dual intent” visa, meaning that it allows aliens to be temporarily present in the U.S. with the intention of perhaps permanently immigrating to the country. Therefore, L-2 holders can apply for immigrant visas without endangering their L status.
For more information on the L-1 category, refer to the following links: