Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: L-1

H-1B, L-1 Additional Fees Expire

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that H-1B and L-1 petitions should no longer include the additional fee required by § 402 of Public Law 111-230, as amended, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The additional fee expired on September 30, 2015. The fee was $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A… Read More

Does Your Business Have an Immigration Compliance Plan?

 As the year end approaches, companies should take this time to review their immigration  policies or develop consistent immigration policies. It may be difficult for many employers  to keep up with and ensure compliance with all the ever-changing regulations and laws  pertaining to the hiring and employment verification of employees. As the government  continues to… Read More

What to Expect from USCIS’s L-1 Site Visit Program

In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report containing recommendations for improving the L-1 intra-company transferee visa program. A senator requested that the OIG examine the L-1 visa program’s potential for fraud and abuse. After conducting the examination, one of the OIG’s recommendations was that the… Read More

DHS Inspector General Releases Report on Implementation of L-1 Visa Regulations

On August 9, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report containing recommendations aimed at improving the L-1 visa program in response to a request from Sen. Charles Grassley for an examination of the potential for fraud or abuse in the program. The L-1 visa program facilitates the… Read More

USCIS Announces New Filing Option for Canadian TN Nonimmigrants, Reminds Employers of Canadian L-1 Options

On October 1, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed on behalf of Canadian citizens outside the United States who seek classification as TN (Trade NAFTA) nonimmigrants. With respect to the TN classification, USCIS currently only accepts the I-129 in connection with a request to… Read More