Can I transfer from J1 visa to L2? Is this a straightforward process? How long does it take?
My future employer in the US is keen to get me started as soon as possible, even before I am granted L2 status. They have suggested to sponsor me for a J1 visa so I can come to the US earlier.
Is it a straightforward process to change from J1 to L2? How long does it take? Is this a good idea or are there other routes that I can follow to start working in the US as soon as possible?
2 attorney answers
Not a good idea at all.. An application to change status in the USA can take up to a year to be adjudicated.
Best to obtain the L-2 visa and immediately apply for the EAD after arrival on L-2 visa. Will be able to start working within 90-110 days after that.
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This will be a big mess. If you enter on J it can take months, and months, and months before the L-2 and the EAD are approved.
Don't be so impatient. Get the L .... file for the EAD immediately upon arrival and prepare to go to work around 100 days after arriving.
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