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UNITED STATES - New Policy for L-1 Readmissions at Canadian Border

Effective immediately, and without an official announcement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals, for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Instead, these applicants must submit a request for extension of stay by filing an I-129 petition with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which takes longer to process

The policy affects both individual and blanket L-1 applicants, and their dependents, presenting renewal petitions at ports of entry along the Canada/United States border and preclearance locations.

Canadian nationals presenting initial or intermittent/commuter petitions are exempt from this new policy.

Action Items

  • Employers who may be affected are advised to contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific information.
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