Skip to main content

USCIS clarifies requirements for establishing corporate relationship for L-1 visa

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 29, 2017

    USCIS issues a policy memorandum clarifying that to establish a qualifying relationship for an L-1 visa petition where the petitioner has submitted documentation of control by proxy votes, the petitioner must show that the proxy votes are irrevocable from the time of filing the L-1 petition through the time of adjudication. If ownership and control of the organization changes after USCIS adjudicates the petition, the petitioner must file an amended petition. The memo includes an update to the Adjudicator's Field Manual and is effective immediately. [ID #493]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 29, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • The 1982 decision *Matter of Hughes* gave an extensive analysis of the meaning of affiliation for L-1 purposes, but neither *Matter of Hughes* nor previous USCIS guidance have addressed whether proxy votes must be irrevocable to establish control.

    1982 *Matter of Hughes*

We require registration to leave feedback. You may either:

  • Sign in with your current user name and password.

  • Register if you don't have a user name and password.