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President Obama making it easier to get L-1 work visa

By Bill at August 10, 2015 21:44
Filed Under: Immigration News

On March 24, 2015, White House released a draft of L-1B Visa Policy Memorandum which will make it easier for the employers to get L-1 visa for its employees. The new policy completed its feedback period on May 8 and will become effective on August 31. read full memo 

The L-1 visa, also known as the intracompany transferee visa, is a nonimmigrant visa classification that allows companies to transfer employees from a related foreign entity to a U.S. company. Unlike H-1B visa, there is no quota on the number of visas issued in a year! Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 67,855 L-1 visas were issued per year. read more about L-1 visa 

In recent years, USCIS has issued an increasing number of requests for additional evidence ("RFE") and denials based on very narrow and restrictive interpretation of the L-1B statutes and rules.. According to the National Foundation for America Policy, there was a 35% denial rate(56% for Indian nationals) and a 45% RFE rate in 2014 for L-1B petitions . As a comparison, in FY 2006 there was a 6% denial rate and a 9% RFE rate. read full report 

The policy will supercede old restrictive memorandums, loosen up the legal standards to "preponderance of evidence "rather than "clear and convincing evidence" or the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard. As President Obama announced, the policy changes "could benefit hundreds of thousands of nonimmigrant workers and their employers; that, in turn, will benefit our entire economy and spur additional investment." 

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