How to get L-2 Visas in California

L-2 visas are issued to the family of foreigners on L-1 employment visas in California. Family members eligible for L-2 visas include:

  • the spouse of the L-1 visa holder, and/or
  • the unmarried child (under age 21) of the L-1 visa holder

L-2 visas cost $190 and take up to one month to obtain. L-2 visa holders may attend school in the U.S., and spouses may be able to work.

Our California immigration attorneys discuss L-2 visas in California, including the application procedure, fees, and time frames. Click on a question to jump directly to the answer.

An L-1 visa holder's spouse and unmarried children (under age 21) may come to the U.S. on an L-2 visa.


1. Am I eligible for an L-2 visa in Los Angeles, California?

Foreigners eligible for L-2 visas are:

  • spouses of L-1 visa holders, and/or
  • unmarried children (under age 21) of L-1 visa holders

2. What is the application process for an L-2 visa?

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The first step to get an L-2 visa is to submit the DS-160 form. Depending on the age of the applicant, the foreigner may need to sit for a visa interview and show his/her passport. Applicants should also bring proof of their familial relationship with the L-1 visa holder, such as wedding photos and marriage certificates.

3. What is the fee for an L-2 visa?

L-2 visas cost $190. The L-1 visa holder's employer usually pays for it.

4. How soon can I get an L-2 visa?

The application process for L-2 visas usually takes 15 days to one month.

5. Can I work or go to school on an L-2 visa?

L-2 visa holders may live and go to school in the U.S. With authorization, spouses of L-1 visa holders can work as well.

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