How To Prepare A Successful L-1 Visa Petition

Law360, New York (April 20, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT) -- For a long time, the L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa category was fertile ground for multinational companies who needed to efficiently transfer executives, managers and specialized knowledge workers to their U.S. operations.

The current L-1 landscape looks a bit like scorched earth. There has been a steady decline in L-1 approvals since fiscal year 2011, with a dramatic increase in the rates of requests for evidence (RFE). In the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2015, there was a 50 percent RFE rate on L-1B Specialized Knowledge filings and a 43 percent RFE rate on L-1A Executive/Manager filings.

Often the RFEs...

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