Breaking News on L-1 BLANKET I-94 Validity Dates

The following is a summary taken from a memorandum issued by the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and DOS (U.S. Department of State) Liaison Committee on October 8, 2015.   The U.S. Department of State Visa Office (VO) clarified its current policy relating to its endorsement of Forms I-129S for Nonimmigrant L-1 ...

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USCIS Visa statistics for L-1B visa

For the Fiscal year 2015, USCIS has received a total of 13,626 I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker for Intracompany Transferee with Specialized Knowledge (L-1B) petitions. Of the 13,626 petitions, approximately 76% (10,368) petitions were approved and approximately 25% were denied. Currently there are 2,116 L-1B petitions still ...

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New USCIS Decision Says Evidence of Overseas Personnel Supporting International Managers Should Be Considered for L-1A Classification.

The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) recently adopted a binding decision on how to determine “managerial capacity” for L-1A classification. Specifically, the decision holds that when staffing levels are considered in deciding whether an individual will act as a manager, the USCIS must consider the sponsoring employer’s...

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Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders Jul16

Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders

According to a recent USCIS will greatly expand its mandate for issuing NTAs without first consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). USCIS officers will now issue NTAs and thereby place individuals in removal proceedings upon the denial of an application or petition for immigration benefits if the individual is deemed re...

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New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny Jul16

New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided a According to this new guidance, effective September 11, 2018, USCIS adjudicators will have full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID),...

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USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear Aug03

USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear

Previously, that the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided regarding issuances of Notices to Appear (NTA). Specifically, this new guidance stated that USCIS officers would issue NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where the applica...

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Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement Dec04

Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

On November 15, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a  that provided clarification regarding the one-year foreign employment requirement for the L-1 nonimmigrant classification. The L-1 nonimmigrant classification allows an employer to transfer an executive or manager () or an employee w...

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U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China Feb06

U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China

Beginning on March 1, 2019, the : the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. As such, H and L visa interviews will no longer be conducted at the U.S. Consulates located in Chengdu or Shenyang. The reduction of the number of locations where H and L visa interviews are conducted...

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USCIS Will Implement Revised Edition of Form I-539 Feb19

USCIS Will Implement Revised Edition of Form I-539

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will implement a revised edition of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status beginning on March 11, 2019. The revised Form I-539 will require the following: Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 mu...

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New USCIS Data Confirms Higher Rate of RFEs and Denials Mar05

New USCIS Data Confirms Higher Rate of RFEs and Denials

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released that confirms a higher rate of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Denials between fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the first quarter of FY 2019. This data reflects adjudication patterns across the Obama and Trump Administrations, but the greatest increases occur...

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