Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took another crucial step toward administrative reform of our immigration laws. The agency issued policy guidance for comment. on its adjudication of L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa petitions. The L-1 category allows a U.S. multinational company to transfer talented employees, who have worked for a related entity abroad, to work in the United States temporarily either as managers or executives (L-1A) or because of their “specialized knowledge” (L-1B).

Last November, the Secretary of Homeland Security recognized that USCIS’s “inconsistent interpretation” has “created uncertainty” for companies, and,