1. Can a L2 visa holder stay back in US while the L1 spouse travels out of the country on work for a few weeks/months?
  2. Can a L2 visa holder travel alone out of US and return alone while the L1 spouse continues working in the US?
  • 1. As long as the L-1 spouse does not abandon L-1 status, I think so. 2. Sure, why not? Disclaimer: this answer is based on my understanding of general principles of US immigration policies, not specific knowledge of or research into these visa types. Hence the decision to post it as a comment.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 19, 2015 at 22:35

1 Answer 1

  1. Yes

  2. Yes

As long as L1 is in status, so is L2.

  • Apparently, in some scenarios, #1 is construed as "parking" and not allowed. I'd like to know if there is a threshold L1 presence criteria for this. e.g. 50% of the time per annum murthy.com/2013/01/21/…
    – ottodidakt
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 6:05
  • @ottodidakt as long as L1 is in status - L2 is in status. I'm not familiar with the concept of "parking". Where did you find it?
    – littleadv
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 10:40
  • Please see link in my earlier comment. Also the section "Truly dependent visa" here: immihelp.com/l1-visa/l2-visa.html
    – ottodidakt
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 11:57
  • "if the L-1 is no longer living and working in the United States, the L-2 must leave or change to a new immigration status" - yeah, because L1 is no longer in status. Which is exactly what I said.
    – littleadv
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 1:54
  • Not disputing what you said. You asked about "parking". Hence the links.
    – ottodidakt
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 6:33

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