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CBP Further Restricts Canadian L-1 Applications at the Border

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 25, 2019

    CBP expands its recent practice of refusing to receive L-1 renewal applications for Canadian nationals, now implementing the policy at nearly all U.S.-Canada ports of entry as well as all Canadian airport pre-flight inspection sites. Beginning in March 2019, certain CBP ports of entry took the position—despite existing regulations and longstanding agency practice to the contrary—that Canadian L-1s are not permitted to seek renewal of their status at CBP ports of entry, but rather they must be sponsored for an extension of stay petition with USCIS to renew their status. [ID #555]

    Canadian L-1 Visa Application Limitations at Border
  2. Effective Date

    April 25, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Actions: Agency Directive Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: CBP USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies


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