USCIS Worksite Visits for L-1 Employers Now a True Reality

As we have mentioned in previous articles, it has come to our attention that USCIS officers have begun to make unannounced workplace visits to L-1 employers.  The USCIS has a program known as the site inspection program, which traditionally has primarily concentrated on  We believe, however, that in the coming months...

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HOT TOPIC: L-1B Denial Rates Increase

Today, our office received information from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) which reported that (pursuant to a Freedom of Information Request) on February 26, 2014, the USCIS released statistics regarding the number of L-1B nonimmigrant petitions received, approved, and denied, as well the number of L-1B petitions...

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Quick Update: Revalidation of L-1 Blanket Visa Stamps

Currently, when an is approved by the U.S. Consulate, a five (5) year visa stamp is issued.  However, while the visa stamp (in the passport) is valid for a five-year period, the visa petition (I-129S) must be revalidated after three (3) years in order for the beneficiary and family to continue to use the visa and lawfully stay in t...

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Potential changes in definition of specialized knowledge in the L-1b category

An visa (a type of nonimmigrant visa) may be issued to an alien employee of a multinational company, to allow the employee to transfer from the company abroad to an affiliate company in the United States, if the employee works "in a capacity that . . . involves specialized knowledge."  The relevant regulation defines "specialized k...

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L-1 Blanket Petitions at foreign U.S. embassies

For L-1 blanket petitions at a foreign U.S. embassy, a visa stamp and I-129S (with Petition Expiry Date endorsed) will be issued to the applicant.  The duration of the visa stamp's validity will depend on the nationality of the applicant and can vary anywhere from 3 months to 5 years, but the common expiration period for I-129S i...

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L-1B Statistics data

The following excerpts are taken from a report by The N A T I O N A L F O U N D A T I O N F O R A M E R I C A N P O L I C Y   The denial rate for L-1B petitions to transfer high-skilled employees into the United States increased to an historic high of 35 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, according to data obtained from U.S. C...

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L-1B Adjudications Policy

The new L-1B Adjudications Policy will take effect August 31, 2015. The policy will provide clarification in how L-1B petitioners can demonstrate that an employee has specialized knowledge as well as provide information regarding compliance with the requirements of an L-1 visa for off-site employment. Currently, the policy on the L-...

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Employment Period and Visa Stamp Expiration Date for L-1 Visas.

Many Japanese employees stationed to work in the U.S. acquire L-1 visas. We have been receiving many inquiries lately, where people have been confusing the visa stamp expiration date with the actual employment period. The visa stamp expiration date is separate from the approved employment period. For example, let’s assume that you...

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Change in Annotation on L-1 Visa Stamp

We have noticed a recent change in the annotation on L-1 visa stamps issued by the U.S. Department of State. Previously, all L-1 visa stamps including L-1A, L-1B and L Blanket included an annotation that said: “must present Approved I-797 or I-129S at POE”. However, the new L-1 visa stamps appear to differentiate between those fo...

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New L-1B Ltr Writing Guideline

With continuing increase in the number of Request for Further Evidence (“RFE”) and denials for L-1B petitions, the USCIS has finally issued a new memorandum hoping to clarify what type of evidence will satisfy the requirements for an L-1B Visa. More specifically, it recently issued the INS Office of Director Policy Memorandum “...

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