The EB1C visa is an immigrant visa classification for international managers and executives. The EB1C visa permits a foreign company to send a manager or executive to a related US company. The US company does not need to get an approved Labor Certification to hire the foreign worker. Instead, the US company can simply hire the foreign worker through a job offer.

The US company must have been doing business for at least 1 year at the time the application for the EB1C visa is filed. Also, it is critical that the foreign worker’s job duties for the US company will be primarily managerial or executive in nature.

The EB1C is very similar to the L1A, as both classifications require that the foreign worker come to the United States to work as a manager or executive. The definitions for manager and executive are essentially the same for the EB1C visa as they are for the L1A visa. That being said, the EB1C is evaluated more strictly. To get an EB1C visa, the US employer must file the EB1C petition on behalf of the foreign worker. The EB1C visa is not eligible for self-petition.  The US employer is the petitioner and the foreign worker is the beneficiary.

The EB1C visa is an immigrant classification, so it qualifies the foreign worker, their spouse, and their children under 21 years old for a US green card.