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L-1B Memo May Leave USCIS Adjudicators With Free Rein

Glenn M. Cooper

Glenn M. Cooper
Gray-Robinson, P.A.

By Allissa Wickham

Law360, New York  — A final memo on L-1B intracompany transferee petitions offered some needed guidance, attorneys say, but they remain worried that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicators retain too much power over requests for evidence and won’t defer enough to decisions made by the State Department.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday released its final version of the policy memo on adjudicating L-1B visa petitions, which allow companies to transfer employees with “specialized knowledge” from foreign offices to locations in the U.S.

Although the guidance offered a few…
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