I am currently in L1B status, and am approaching my 5-year max. If I am promoted to a manager, can my employer sponsor me for a change to L1A status?


If you are being promoted to a managerial position, it generally would be possible to change from L1B to L1A status. However, that does not necessarily mean you would be able to extend your stay in the U.S.

Ordinarily, a person is limited to 5 years in L1B status, or 7 years in L1A status. Time spent in L1B status counts against the 7-year max of L1A status. But to be eligible for the 7-year max (i.e., the additional 2 years), the change from L1B to L1A typically must be approved by the USCIS at least six months before reaching the L1B 5-year max.  (06.Jan.2022)

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