The Difference of H1B and E1/E2 Visa to L1 Visa

For those people who love to migrate due to certain reasons, they already probably know the difference between each visa they can and will apply for. However, for those who are still confused as they will only start their journey of immigration, this article is made for you.

There are a lot of Visas you can find and apply for. Of course, your application depends on the purpose and qualification you have to have a certain visa. H1B, E1 & E2, and L1 Visas are one the common visas that people who will be migrating are applying for. To know more information about the different types of Visa, you may pay a visit to Ashoori Law for more information and guidelines.

Without any further ado, let us enumerate the key points of each visa and differentiate each purpose for better understanding.

H1B Visa

The H1B Visa is a nonimmigrant or temporary visa category for those employers that want to have people that are highly educated professionals to work for specialty occupations that require a certain college or professional degree.

There are a lot of documents required for you to be able to apply for this certain visa. However, the most important requirement for you to qualify for it is to have a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree before entering the United States. Even though you met one of the qualifications needed, your employer must also meet the criteria provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

E1 & E2 Visa

E1 and E2 Visa, although they are in the same category they differ to the recipient. E1 Visa is for Treaty Traders and E2 Visa is for Treaty Investors.From this, they differ from one another in terms of the requirement. However, both of them require the applicant to be a citizen of a country that the United States maintains a treaty of commerce with. 

L1 Visa

There are two subcategories of L1 Visa, these are L1-A and L1-B. This visa is a nonimmigrant one that is bestowed upon applicants that would transfer to the United States under managerial positions or specialized knowledge. The difference between L1-A and L1-B is that L1-A is for those who are seeking managerial or executive positions and L1-B is for those who will work in positions that require a certain field of understanding.

The Difference between the Three Visas

Given the basic information about the aforementioned visas, you already know the slight difference between them. But to generally explain them, we will be tackling it in this section.

L1 Visas (both L1-A and L1-B) are for people that seek employment or migration to the United States under a position that requires specialized knowledge or managerial position. It is also used by various businesses, may it be small, medium, or large. These are the specific qualifications, but not limited to, that the alien must meet to receive an L1 Visa.

H1B Visa is like L1 since they are both nonimmigrant types and requires a certain degree of professionalism or occupation. However, here in H1B, a person must have a certain educational degree, may it be bachelor’s, masteral or doctoral. Simply, it is a Visa for those who want to work in professional positions for a US based company or organization.

E1 and E2 Visas have not that much similarities to H1B and L1 since they refer to those immigrants that would like to trade or invest in the United States. These are the most often selected visas for businessmen as it provides the necessary benefits for them. And unlike both H1B and L1 Visas, it is not a nonimmigrant visa.


There are a lot of Visas that you can apply for. And this is where your knowledge about a certain type must exist. A lot of people are confused about what they will apply for, as almost all of the visas sound and function the same. It is imperative to know the differences of each to fully understand the benefits and privileges you will have upon receiving and passing the visa application. 

Furthermore, knowing the process and what will happen thereafter your migration should also be included. Research accordingly to prevent any mistakes about your visa.