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USCIS and CBP establish pilot program on immediate admissibility determination for Canadian L-1 applicants

  1. Date Announced

    March 30, 2018

    From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the CBP Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This pilot is designed to facilitate the adjudication and admission process of Canadians traveling to the U.S. as L-1 nonimmigrants. DHS regulations permit an employer to file an L petition on behalf of a Canadian citizen in conjunction with the Canadian citizen’s application for admission to the United States. Petitioners are asked to submit Form I-129 or Form I-129S and supporting evidence with a cover sheet. [ID #506]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 30, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    April 29, 2019

    On October 31, 2018, the program was extended to April 30, 2019. On April 29, 2019, the program was extended to April 30, 2020.

    USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

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