Council for Global Immigration mentioned in article – “‘Not Many’ L-1A Site Visits Planned for FY 2014”

Council in the News

​​SHRM, 07/07/2014 –

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)…announced that it will be expanding the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program to L-1A extension petitions in the ‘near future.’

“While specific details regarding the start date for the visits have not been published, USCIS confirmed that a pilot program and inspector training are scheduled to be completed by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2014. ‘We don’t expect many L-1A site visits to take place this fiscal year,’ said Sarah Kendall, associate director of the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) directorate.

“…Speaking to corporate immigration professionals at the Council for Global Immigration’s 2014 Symposium in June, Kendall said the agency was pleased with the site visit program…

“…The expansion of the site visit program to include L-1s came in response to an August 2013 report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General suggesting ways to reduce fraud and standardize adjudications across the L-1 intracompany transferee program.

“Kendall said the selection process for inspection will be completely random and unannounced. Visits will not be targeted and not based on fraud indicators.

“…The L expansion is anticipated to be a phased approach, initially focused on new office L-1A petitions that request extensions of stay, but may be extended to other types of L-1 cases in the future, Kendall said. ‘We think it’s important to get this right, so we’re starting relatively small but statistically significant and then we’ll decide if we’ve got the compliance we want or if we move forward.’”

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