The USCIS has announced that they have completed the L-1 section of the USCIS Policy Manual. The USCIS is in the midst of a multi-year process of transforming the Adjudicators Field Manual into the USCIS Policy Manual. The new L-1 section has no major substantive changes.
The Service’s annual 2016 report to the Ombudsman was recently release and contained concerning information for L-1 visa petitioners. Unfortunately, the RFE rates of L-1 visas appear to continue to have no rhyme or reason. “L-1A RFE data shows inverse trending between the CSC and the VSC. For example, CSC’s L-1A rates surged to 55… Continue reading L-1 RFE’s are handed out inconsistently between Service Centers?
Pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the USCIS last week released data regarding the adjudication of L-1 petitions. This data reveals that the denial rate of L-1 cases rose over 10% from FY 2012 to FY 2013 and in FY 2013, an astounding 35% of all L-1 petitions filed were denied. This data covers… Continue reading L-1 Visa Statistics Released by USCIS
With the announcement two weeks ago of the availabilty for certain H and L holders to have their visas re-stamped without an interview, many of us are hopeful that there has been a shift by the U.S. Consulates in India regarding the treatment of professionals working in the U.S. The last several years have seen a tremendous… Continue reading Is there a shift in India ?
Recently the NFAP released a report based upon data received from the Department of State that showed visa approvals for multi-national cos. from India had declined in 2011 by almost 30% while during the same time-frame, the approvals for non-Indian based cos. had risen by over 15%. At a time when the U.S. economy needs job… Continue reading NFAP Data Should Draw Ire from the Obama Administration
Coinciding with the release of a study conducted by the National Foundation for American Policy, a group of US business leaders met with President Obama and urged him to reform the skilled visa system through the utilization of policy reforms. Though President Obama consistently talks about government getting out of the way of private business, his policy-makers… Continue reading White House Urged to Reform Skilled Visa Policies