L-1B Adjudications Should Get Easier

It is common knowledge that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) adjudications of L-1B petitions have become increasingly difficult during the last few years. The March 2015 report issued by the National Foundation for American Policy indicates a denial rate of 35% for FY 2014. The denial rate in 2006 was 6%.

USCIS posted a “Memo for Feedback” on March 24, 2015 addressing many of the public’s concerns about the toughened L-1B adjudication process with recommendations for more reasonable standards regarding adjudications under the L-1 regulations to meet “common-sense” business needs. Once implemented, this should liberalize adjudications and result in many more L-1B approvals.

We are hoping that these new guidelines might affect current adjudications immediately rather than after the memo will actually go into effect on August 31, 2015. As this subject is extremely important to so many of our clients, as soon as the memo is finalized, we will prepare a detailed analysis of the positive changes it will bring. If you would like a copy of the draft memo issued on March 24, 2015, please let us know.

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