Canadian Citizens Will No Longer Be Permitted To Extend or Renew L-1 Status at the US Border

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently implemented a major policy change to the adjudication process of L-1 Intracompany Transferee petitions filed by Canadian citizens.  Beginning in March of 2019, CBP officers at all ports of entry and pre-clearance facilities ceased adjudicating L-1 petitions for extension or renewal, including L-1A blanket petitions. CBP continues to adjudicate all new L-1 petitions for Canadian citizens and L-1 petitions for intermittent/commuter Canadian citizen employees.

CBP made this policy change after determining that the authority to extend/renew L-1 petitions falls to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), rather than CBP. As a result, all L-1 petitions for extension/renewal must now be filed with USCIS by mail.

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Cap on H-1B Visas for FY 2020 Reached Within 5 Days

Each year, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants 85,000 H-1B visas to applicants in “specialty occupations”. This cap has not increased since 2004, and has been greatly outweighed by demand over the last few years. Within the first five days of the 2020 fiscal year application filing period, which started on April 1, 2019, the cap was reached, as 201,011 petitions were received by April 5. This marks a 5% increase in petitions from the previous year.

Immigration legal experts at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have lamented that the limitation on the supply of high-skilled foreign workers is detrimental to continued economic growth of the U.S. economy. H-1B visa holders and applicants are filling a critical and ever-growing void in the U.S. economy by providing needed expertise, particularly in the Information Technology (IT) and tech development industries. Without meeting the demand for these talented foreign professionals, future growth and innovation are stifled.

Even as the economy and labor demand has continued to grow in the past several years, the maximum accepted applications has remained steady for the past sixteen years. The number of applicants has surpassed the numerical cap of 85,000 for the past seven years. The next opportunity to apply for an H-1B visa is April 1, 2020, which would have a job start date of October 1, 2020 or later, depicting on when a decision is reached on an applicant’s case.

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Immigration Options and State-Sponsored Incentives for Companies Doing Business in California Seminar at LAX Chamber on September 27, 2016

LAX chamber.pngIf you are a business that is planning to start or relocate to California, join us for an informative presentation and panel discussion with a business and immigration lawyer, and representative from the California Governor’s office and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Trade.  We will discuss little-known incentives for new businesses in California, visa options for investors and entrepreneurs, and foreign direct investment in Los Angeles.

Event Title:      

Immigration Options and State-Sponsored Incentives for Companies Doing Business in California

Date:                         

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Presentations begin at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, 9100 S Sepulveda Blvd #210, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Hosts:

The Grady Firm, P.C. and the International Affairs and Business Development office of the Governor of California- GO-Biz, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Office of International Trade

Speakers:

Jennifer A. Grady, Esq., Business and Immigration attorney at The Grady Firm, PC

Jeff Malin, Senior Business Development Specialist at California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ)

Eric Eide, Director of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Trade

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