Category Archives: L-1 Visas

2014 USCIS Ombudsman Report: Ongoing Issues with Case Adjudication and Service Requests

The 2014 USCIS Ombudsman Annual Report, released on June 27, highlighted several ongoing problems with the adjudication of H-1B and L-1 petitions and with responses to service requests. Stakeholders primary concern with adjudication is the issuance of unnecessary and unduly burdensome Requests for Evidence (RFEs).  Currently, 43 percent of L-1A petitions and 50 percent of L-1B petitions receive an RFE.  In … more

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The Great Overseas Jobs Creator

A US Chamber of Commerce sponsored event early this year underscored the visa challenges facing multinational giants.  Companies described their L-1 intracompany visa woes to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reporting that they do not have the needed flexibility to deploy professional resources to the US for various projects, whether in the manufacturing sector or the information technology arena.  The bottom … more

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Department of Commerce Issues Advisory Opinion on Applicability of Export Control Regulations to Staffing Firms

Shedding light on an issue that has vexed many employers of H-1B, H-1B, L-1, and O-1A foreign nationals since the new Form I-129 was unveiled last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce has issued an informal advisory opinion on the applicability of the “deemed export” provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) where foreign nationals work at a third party client … more

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