Intracompany Transferees (L-1 and Permanent Residence)

Much has been reported regarding President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA). And, of course, there is still uncertainty regarding when and exactly what measures will be implemented by the Immigration Service.

With so much speculation on the topic, and an abundance of DACA and DAPA information, it’s not particularly easy to understand what the

With the holiday season in full swing, and with the President’s recent announcement of the Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA), it’s a time of anticipation and optimism for many.  It’s also a time to be extra cautious.  The IAEA brings not only hope for potential for many, but also an opportunity for those who are

The President has taken Executive Action in an attempt to fix our country’s broken immigration system…or at least to bandage it.

What will H-1B season be like now?  Will the Immigration Accountability Executive Action plan (IAEA) have any effect to alleviate the concerns faced by cap-subject employers petitioning for H-1B workers? 

While the details regarding

What is “specialized knowledge” for an L-1B intracompany transferee?   A recent US Court of Appeals decision provided guidance on this question.

The facts were as follows:

  • Plaintiff Fogo de Chao, is a chain of Brazilian-style steakhouses specializing in preparing and serving meats in the “churrasco” style of the gauchos of Brazil.
  • Fogo de Chao had

The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance operations, is continuing to experience technical problems, which is limiting the State Department’s visa processing capacity.  As a result, are widespread delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance worldwide.  In conjunction with the Department of State (DOS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection

As many of you already know, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) implemented an electronic Form I-94 process in 2013, which means that (most) nonimmigrant U.S. travelers no longer fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record when they arrive in the U.S.  Instead, the CBP gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic

As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), US consulates in Canada will be limiting visa appointments for 3rd-country nationals during the months of June, July and August of this year.  This will not affect those with already-scheduled appointments.

Demand for visa appointments is reportedly increasingly high during these months,

Analysis of new data obtained from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) reveals a dramatic increase in the number of L-1B Non Immigrant visa petitions filed, approved and denied, as well as the number of Requests for Evidence (“RFEs”) issued by the two Service Centers responsible for processing L-1 petitions, the California Service Center (“CSC”)

With the year 2013 coming to a close and the holiday season here, many people may be planning trips outside the U.S.  If you are a nonimmigrant seeking readmission (or initial admission) to the U.S., you may be aware that paper I-94 Arrival/Departure Records are no longer in use at airports and sea ports of