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Hi,Thank you for your time. Here is my case:
-I am an internationnal student (French) on a F-1 Visa in Los Angeles, CA
-My course ends in June 2018. From this point I will be eligible for a 1-year OPT.
-An internationnal consulting company (also French) would like to open a new office in California, and hire me as their Business Developper Manager to develop their activities within the U.S (currently, only 1 office is established in the U.S).This perfectly describes the purpose of a L-1 Visa BUT as I am still under a student status. Therefore I cannot satisfy the 1 year working abroad criteria required by both L-1A and L-1B Visa.Based on the following details, do you see any path I could take to be able to work in the U.S for this company?FYI, I possess expert level certifications in the IT field (CCIE), maybe this could help..Many thanks,Pierre C.

Lawyer's Assistant: What is your official status? Do you have any pending applications or petitions with USCIS?

Current F-1 status, present in the US. No pending applications or petitions.

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Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if it is bad news that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

Unfortunately, the path is not going to be convenient to you. You would have to leave the U.S. and go work for them outside for at least a year and then apply for the L-1, or you can do like most other students do which is apply for the H-1B when the time comes. I wish I had a more convenient way, but this area of law is very regulated and limited in options. Other than those options, you may look into the E-2 visa as well of the company is 50% or more owned by persons that have French citizenship and are classified in E-2 status or could be classified in E-2 status.

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