My wife has applied for a L1 visa to get transferred to the US by her company. Our current plans is that I will then get L2 status and we will move to the US where I will apply for an EAD.
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?
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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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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