Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: RFEs

New L-1B Memo Addresses Some Issues, But Concerns Remain

A new L-1B policy memorandum (PDF) issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States. It provides consolidated and authoritative guidance on the L-1B program,… Read More

USCIS Ombudsman Annual Report Notes Continuing RFE Issues

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Ombudsman’s Office has published the 2015 Annual Report. Highlights include: RFE issues. The Ombudsman’s Office reviews issues involving temporary nonimmigrant petitions (H-2A, H-2B, H-1B, L-1, and O-1), investor immigrant petitions (EB-5), other immigrant petitions, and employment authorization applications. The Annual Report states that the Ombudsman continues to be concerned… Read More

OFLC, USCIS Issue Guidance on Hurricane Sandy Relief; USCIS Extends RFE Deadlines

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) issued a FAQ (PDF) on extensions and reasonable-case accommodations in light of the damage done to certain East Coast areas in the United States as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Also, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder on immigration benefits or relief… Read More

Witnesses Discuss Controversial DHS OIG Report at House Hearing

The House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Immigration held a hearing on February 15, 2012, “Safeguarding the Integrity of the Immigration Benefits Adjudication Process,” at which witnesses discussed a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened the hearing. Witnesses included Alejandro Mayorkas,… Read More

USCIS Summarizes Stakeholder Engagement on L-1B Interpretation of ‘Specialized Knowledge’

On June 14, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an executive summary (PDF) of its stakeholder engagement session held in May to discuss issues related to the ?L-1B nonimmigrant classification, specifically with respect to interpretation of the term “specialized knowledge” and what standards and evidentiary requirements should be followed in determining eligibility for… Read More