From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 non-immigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This pilot is designed to facilitate the adjudication and admission process of Canadians traveling to the U.S. as L-1 non-immigrants.
DHS regulations permit an employer to file an L petition on behalf of a Canadian citizen in conjunction with the Canadian citizen’s application for admission to the United States. Petitioners choosing to participate in the joint agency pilot program will be asked to:
After reading through this new change our managing partner Stephanie Scarborough made the following summary:
“Canadians have long enjoyed applying for admission as an L-1 non-immigrant by presenting a petition to an immigration officer at the port of entry or pre-clearance airport. Presentation at the port of entry often allows for more expeditious adjudications as the CBP NAFTA Officer usually adjudicates the L-1 petition on the spot and within a relatively short period as the applicant waits. CBP and USCIS have announced a new joint agency Pilot Program wherein the Form I-129 petition will be submitted to USCIS California Service Center who will adjudicate the case and issue any Requests for Evidence (RFE) and approval notices. The California Service Center is reporting I-129 L adjudication times under normal processing can be found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Thus, this “Pilot Program” will extend processing from 1-2 hours to months. This is not a gift to companies who need critical staff to work in the U.S. Instead, this is another administration ploy to slow processing and make even legal immigration that supports the U.S. economy more difficult for individuals and employers.”
Excerpt From: USCIS.gov/Alerts
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