Sunday, December 2, 2018

USCIS puts ‘1 yr work abroad’ clause for intra-company transfer

The US Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) clarified last week that an L-1 beneficiary (employee for whom the application is filed by the sponsoring company) must be employed outside the US by the company for one continuous year, within three years before filing of the visa application.
However, a leeway has been built in for the employees already working for the sponsoring company on an H-1B visa, as they may be able to adjust the time requirement.
“The new L-I policy guidance clarifies ambiguities between the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the implementing regulations. It confirms what a cautious immigration attorney has always been advising clients.”  founder of a New York-based law firm.
“Now it is clear that eligibility must be met at the time of filing. This may require some employers to delay their application for L-1 visas until the full one year is met, but having a clear policy at least puts employers on notice so that they can comply and avoid unnecessary denial,” Emily Neumann, immigration advocate and partner at Reddy & Neumann. 
The L-1A visa is for intracompany transferees who work in managerial or executive positions in a company located outside US, whereas the L-1B visa applies for those employees who work in positions that require specialised knowledge. Companies such as TCS, Infosys and Tech Mahindra are among the top applicants for L-1 visas.
TCS topped the list with 1,802 L-1 petitions being approved during the twelve month period ended September 2017.

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