Do L1A, E1, and E2 Visas Allow for Spouses and Children to Join the Visa Holder in the U.S.?

Do L1A, E1, and E2 Visas Allow for Spouses and Children to Join the Visa Holder in the U.S.?


Spouses and children are oftentimes one of the biggest issues, not necessarily the investment or the business itself, that people ask me about. Spouses and children, fortunately for all three visa types – the E2, the E1 and the L1A can first of all, accompany their spouse to the United States. So they’re allowed to be present in the United States with the primary visa holder, but even more importantly I think is that spouses and children under 21 can have their own separate work authorization based on these visas. So again this is something that’s very rare in the visa world for a visa to allow spouses or children to work, so it’s a tremendous benefit for the E2, the E1 and the L1A. Spouses can do whatever they want with this work authorization. They can choose not to work at all, they can set up their own businesses, or they can work for any company that they see fit or even be an independent contractor.

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