L-1 News2018-03-11T03:08:52+00:00



30Nov, 2018

USCIS Clarifies the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

Nov 30, 2018|

USCIS has published a policy memo clarifying the requirement that a qualifying organization employ a principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for one continuous year out of the three years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”).  Please see memo (PDF). The policy memo clarifies: The L-1 beneficiary must be physically outside [...]

24Jan, 2018

L-1 Visa Jurisdictional Change

Jan 24, 2018|

Texas Service Center to Begin Processing Form I-129 for L Visas On February 12, 2018, the Texas Service Center (TSC) will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker petitions for L nonimmigrant classification, also known as L visas. The TSC will share this workload with the California Service Center to [...]

18Nov, 2016

USCIS Publishes Final Rule on Certain Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Programs

Nov 18, 2016|

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent [...]

22Dec, 2015

H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase** Applicable for a Select Few

Dec 22, 2015|

On 12/18/15, the President signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill for 2016. Highlights of Business Immigration Provisions of the Act: The bill extends the EB-5, Conrad 30, Special Immigrant Religious Workers, and E-Verify programs through the end of FY2016. Fee Increase: It also includes the following changes to the currently expired H-1B/L-1 [...]

5Oct, 2015

Law Requiring Payment of $2,000/$2,250.00 in Additional Fees Sunsets

Oct 5, 2015|

The USCIS released this update this morning: H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, should not include the additional fee that was previously required by Section 402 of Public Law 111-230, as amended by Public Law 111-347, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The additional fee required by Public [...]

25Mar, 2015

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum on Adjudicating L-1B Petitions

Mar 25, 2015|

This policy memorandum provides guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess "specialized knowledge" from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States. It provides consolidated and authoritative guidance on the L-1B program, superseding and rescinding certain prior L-1B memoranda. USCIS is [...]

30Sep, 2014

Form I-9 Webinar On-Demand

Sep 30, 2014|

USCIS has published an informative webinar thats's available on demand about Form I-9 and how to properly complete it. Please watch the I-9 Form webinar.

21Nov, 2012

U.S. Embassy, India announces the expansion of the visa interview waiver program

Nov 21, 2012|

The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India announced the expansion of the visa interview waiver program. This will allow certain Non Immigrant Visa applicants seeking to renew a visa that expired within the last 48 months to obtain a Visa without an interview. The program streamlines processing for the following:     Under the current [...]

1Apr, 2012

Charting H-1B users, as attention shifts to L-1

Apr 1, 2012|

A news article from ComputerWorld reports that as H-1B visa use stagnates, experts say changes to less strict L-1 could bring U.S. job losses. For sure, the H-1B occupies the center of the workforce visa debate. But there has been little effort in Congress this term to change the H-1B cap, which remains [...]

2Feb, 2012

New Proposed Rule Will Offer Longer L-1 Validity Periods based on Reciprocity Schedules

Feb 2, 2012|

Why is the Department promulgating this rule? Current Department regulations require that L visa duration be limited to the validity period of the petition, which, under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, cannot exceed three years. Petitioners may apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for extension of petition validity in increments [...]

10Oct, 2010

AAO Reverses L-1 Denial Based on Qualifying Relationship

Oct 10, 2010|

The AAO reversed the L-1 petition denial and found the petitioner only needed to document that the transfer of ownership interest between the foreign entity and existing owner occurred, noting that USCIS's focus on the purchase price was misplaced. [Courtesy- AILA] AAO L1 reversal