I am hoping for some clear guidance please. I am due to move to either San Antonio TX or Charlotte NC with my UK employer who owns businesses in both these states on an L1a visa. My intention long term if all goes to plan is to permanently stay in the USA (Green card) helping my company to be a success whilst in turn securing employment for permanent US residents.
Visa's for my 15 YO, my wife and myself are not an issue. The biggest concern I have is for my 19 YO daughter as her dependant status is different due to her age. Basically what I am being told is that we will be able to organise an L2 visa for her which will only cover her for up to 5 years, during these 5 years she can study and work on the college for up to 20 hours per week.
All of this we can manage, however I am struggling to get any guidance on how my 19 YO daughter would be able to stay in the USA permanently and gain normal employment once her L2 visa expires. This option should not be a problem for me, my wife and 15 YO and it seems very strange as the likelihood is, at the end of her L2 visa the only alternative would be for her to move back to the UK when the remaining 3 of us will be allowed to stay.
My wife is self employed as a beauty therapist in the UK doing nails and nail art where she works out of a rented shop. I have discussed with my wife the option of renting and opening a shop in the USA once she has gained the relevant US certificates as she is allowed to do this as long as she has an EAD certificate. This would then allow an option for my daughter to gain full employment but again I do not know if this is possible.
Could someone please offer some sound advice for me please as I am desperate to have a plan for her or the whole thing may be called off due to eventually the family having to split up. :-(