I work as a project manager in India, managing IT projects for our U.S. clients. We have a large staff in India, but only a few employees in the U.S. My company wishes to transfer me to the U.S. so that I can manage projects from the U.S., while the substantive work is largely performed in India. Can I qualify as an L1A manager, even though I will have few U.S.-based subordinates?


It still may be possible to qualify as an L1A manager, even if you will have few subordinates. (In fact, it is possible to qualify with no subordinates, although this can make the case more challenging.) It is not uncommon to file L1A petitions for project managers, arguing that they are managing an essential function for the petitioning employer. Under the right circumstances, these can make for viable cases. (19.Oct.2023)

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