The applications for US L1B visa extensions have been made more difficult by Trump for professionals with specialized knowledge. The scrutiny for these applications has now been escalated to the same level as for the assessment of fresh applications. The move comes even as Trump attempts to toughen immigration to the US at diverse levels. The new level of scrutiny for US L1B visa extensions comes in to force with immediate effect.
US L-1B visas are specifically offered to workers arriving in the US through ICT. They have the option to stay in the US for 5 years. This visa category has no minimum salary requirements and annual cap, as quoted by the Workpermit.
An article published by the First post commented on the efforts by Trump to toughen immigration to the US. It made a particular reference to the non-immigrant visas. It said that most loyal faction of Trump in the White House will welcome this move. The latest measure by the USCIS will bring joy to most ardent supporters of immigration reform in Trump camp, it added.
The US L1B visa extensions will not occur by default. From now onwards the burden for evidence will be completely on the petitioner for an L1B visa extension.
The USCIS is conveying a clear and strong message with the intensified scrutiny for each category of US visa. The level of difficulty for arriving at the US through pathways such as the L1B and H1B is tougher now.
Lee Francis Cissna the newly chosen Director of USCIS said that the latest guidance instructs visa officers to implement the new level of scrutiny for extensions. This will be on par with scrutiny for the fresh application of non-immigrant visa.
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