On March 24, 2015, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez announced a 45-day public feedback period for the updated policy Memorandum on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Workers. The purpose of the memo is to clarify for USCIS officers how L-1B petitioners may demonstrate that an employee has specialized knowledge. According to Director Rodriguez, “this policy memorandum, once it goes into effect, will help companies in the United States better use the skills of talented employees in the global marketplace.” The period for public feedback is set to expire later this week.
USCIS issued the L-1B adjudications policy memo in response to President Obama’s November 2014 Executive Actions. In particular, Director Rodriguez said “these changes maintain the integrity of the L-1B program while recognizing the fluid dynamics of the 21st century business world,” which is exactly what President Obama’s Administration intended when it requested that the Department of Homeland Security modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs.
The memorandum will go into effect on August 31, 2015.