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Keeping Immigration Site Visits Civil and Focused

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) empowers its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers to make unannounced site visits to employers of H-1B and L-1 workers. The stated purpose of these site visits...more

USCIS 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report Confirms Increased Scrutiny for L-1 Intracompany Transferrees

On June 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report. The Ombudsman Annual Report confirms what employers and immigration attorneys have been experiencing for the past...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: L-1 Visa Inspections Have Begun

The Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit of USCIS has begun inspecting L-1 visa holders as planned. FDNS has inspected (and likely is continuing to inspect) H-1B holders for several years. L-1s are the latest...more

Federal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits...more

USCIS Holds Stakeholder Call on L-1A Site Visits

On April 24, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a teleconference regarding the implementation of L-1A site visits for intra-company transferee managers and executives. As we reported, earlier this...more

FDNS Site Visit Program: Coming Soon to an L-1 Employer Near You

In the February/March 2014 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we reported on the expansion by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of site visits to certain L-1 employers under the Administrative Site Visit and...more

Surprise Site Visits for L-1 Employers Expected

Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a faction of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), confirmed recently in a stakeholder teleconference that the FDNS plans to start making surprise visits to employers...more

Tips To Ready Employers When Immigration Agencies Come Knocking

Worksite enforcement actions for immigration-related matters are on the rise; the Obama Administration is emphasizing worksite compliance obligations; and immigration-related audits are increasing....more

USCIS Delivers On Its Promise To Conduct L-1 Employer Site Visits

In the August/September 2013 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we reported on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) plans to have its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit conduct...more

How Employers Can Deal with USCIS’s Expanded L-1 Site Visit Program

The L work visa category allows multinational companies to transfer overseas employees to the United States. These employees may be transferred to the United States on an L work visa if the employee has been employed outside...more

USCIS to Expand Site Visit Program to Include L-1 Petitioners

Employers of L-1 transferees should now set up processes to deal with such visits. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced its intention to begin conducting worksite inspection visits to...more

USCIS Expansion of Site Visit Program to L-1 Employers

In the first quarter of 2014, the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Unit will expand its "site visit" program to certain L-1 intracompany transfer petitioning employers. USCIS is primarily targeting "new...more

Immigration Corner: Snapshots of Both Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

Happy New Year! This month: "Friending" the Department of State on Facebook, BIA shines a light on the foggy EAD requirement for E and L spouses, and an unusual new member of the California State Bar....more

Computer Consulting and Outsourcing Firms Likely to be Targets of I-9 Audits

In light of the recent $34 million settlement between Infosys Limited, an international business and computer consulting company, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 and other immigration violations,...more

U.S. Immigration Appeals Office Reverses Denial of L-1B Specialized Knowledge Employment Petition for Marketing Specialist

The L-1 visa is for employees of multinational corporations who wish to come to the U.S. to work for a U.S. parent, branch, or subsidiary corporation. In order to obtain an L-1 visa, you must either be coming to the U.S. in...more

USCIS Site Visits – Expanding to L-1 Petitioners

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) created and implemented the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) in July 2009, under which it conducts unannounced site inspections at the...more

How To Develop an EB-5 Immigration Compliant Business Plan

For every Business Owner, Investor & Entrepreneur, the thought of putting together a business plan is very daunting but is often a necessary evil for those who want to succeed. There are a few popular Immigration Visas where...more

L-1 Visas… No Longer The Go-To Visa for Multi-National Companies?

In August, the Office of Inspector General issued a report on L-1 visas that will undoubtedly affect the future availability and adjudication process of such visas in the future. The L-1 visa category is used by...more

DHS Recommends Changes regarding Application of “Specialized Knowledge” Criteria for L-1B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations. The report contains various recommendations to...more

L-1 Intracompany Transferees May Face New Challenges

Since the creation of the L visa category in 1970, the L-1 statutory provisions have been modified several times. In recent years, L-1 cases have been subject to heightened scrutiny both by the U.S. Citizenship and...more

USCIS Inspector General Issues Report regarding L Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations....more

DHS Report Signals New Challenges For L-1 Intracompany Transferees

The L visa allows qualifying multinational companies with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate abroad to transfer managers and executives (L-1A) and employees with “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to work in the United...more

Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Provides New Immigration Opportunities for Same-Sex Spouses

The United States Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional has created an opportunity for certain foreign nationals in same-sex marriages to petition for...more

2014 H-1B Filing Season Starts April 1st

Why is April 1, 2013 Important? - April 1, 2013 is the first day on which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") may receive H-1B specialty worker petitions for the next fiscal year that begins on October 1,...more

U.S. Mission to India Expands Interview Waiver Program

Program to include H-1B and individual L-1 visas; eligible visa holders no longer required to have in-person interviews with U.S. consular officers....more

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