Inside USCIS' Much-Anticipated L-1B Visa Guidance

Law360, New York (March 25, 2015, 4:56 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a much-anticipated proposed policy memorandum on adjudication of the L-1B “specialized knowledge” nonimmigrant visa category. USCIS Director León Rodríguez said that the memo “will help companies in the United States better use the skills of talented employees in the global marketplace.”

Practitioners and employers have been waiting for this guidance since USCIS promised to review consistency in L-1B adjudications in early 2012. The memo comes hot on the heels of a National Foundation for American Policy report that highlights a historic increase in denial rates for L-1B petitions filed between 2006 and 2014. Denials...

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