US L-1 Petitions Renewal Procedure Becomes Tedious

Before now, Canadians who live and work in the US as intra-company transferees, using the L-1 route, could easily extend their L-1 status. The procedure then required them to send in their applications using the same method with which they first applied for their L-1 visa with the US Citizenship and Border Protection (CBP). Recently, the CBP adopted new regulations for the program that will be applicable at all preclearance locations and ports of entry in Canada. Employers in the US who have Canadian workers who use the L-1 visa should take note of these changes and make adequate plans. US L-1 Petitions Renewal Procedure Becomes Tedious Canadians who want to obtain an L-1 status under sponsorship by a multinational company must petition in person for the visa at the CBP in Canada either at an airport which has Pre-Flight Inspection or at a port of entry. This procedure started in 1994 when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect. The CBP handled the adjudication of these petitions in one day, completing the transfer of employees in multinational companies from its Canadian operations to the US. This quick procedure of transferring employees is adherent to NAFTA's objectives to improve economic relations and reduce the barriers between the two countries. For a long time, Canadians have been submitting their proposals for the renewal or extension of their L-1 status to last for more than 3 years which is the initial period of its validity. CBP, unfortunately, is denying a lot of petitions categorized under renewal or extensions.

The new procedure is a challenge to American firms

This has posed a big challenge for US companies that have Canadians among their employees who are on L-1 status. Since the former quick procedure for renewal of L-1 petitions is no more, they now are subjected to a more tedious procedure to renew or extend requests submitted to the USCIS. Stay connected to to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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