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Dear Sophie:

I’m presently here in the U.S. on an E-2 visa.

My company, a company based in Slovakia, moved me to the U.S. to assist establish our U.S. operations. What are my options if I wish to search for other job chances here in the U.S. with a different business? Is there a possible procedure to update my E-2 visa to another type, like an L? Thank you!

— Agitated in Redwood City

Dear Restless,

Thanks for your concerns. Nonimmigrant (short-term) visas that permit you to operate in the U.S. require a company to sponsor you for the visa, and those visas stay tied to the company sponsor and the position for which you were hired. We just recently introduced the Remarkable Ability Bootcamp (promotion code DEARSOPHIE for 20% off registration)– this is a class that can assist you enhance your qualifications if you wind up pursuing an O-1A visa, which I’ll go over more about below.

There are a couple of visa alternatives offered if you discover a U.S. business willing to sponsor you such as H-1B, o-1a and j-1, and various permit pathways. You had actually asked about an L Visa, however this would just be a choice if you had actually worked for the new business abroad for at least one year during the past 3 years. Both the L-1A visa and the L-1B visa make it possible for multinational companies to move a manager, executive or specialized knowledge worker from an office abroad to a U.S. office– or to open a workplace in the U.S.– from an office abroad. The L-1A visa for intracompany executive or manager transferees is similar to the E-2 visa because both allow the visa holder to come to the U.S. to establish a brand-new workplace for the sponsoring business.

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