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2014 Ombudsman Annual Report

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The 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report, released by USCIS, indicated that the Request for Evidence rates for the L-1 intracompany transferee visa category is nearly 50 percent for the first half of the 2014 Fiscal Year.  This indicates a significant rise in the Request for Evidence rates for L-1 visas in recent years.  Despite this increase in Requests for Evidence the report also indicates that USCIS has approved more than 83% of the L-1A visa petitions, and more than 67% of the L-1B visa petitions.

The report holds that the high number of Requests for Evidence could indicate that USCIS needs to better articulate what requirements must be satisfied with respect to the L-1 visas.  Until these requirements are amended employers should expect  and be prepared to submit a substantial amount of documents for all L-1 petitions and for overall delays in the adjudication process

Read the Full Report Here:  http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/cisomb-annual-report-2014-508compliant.pd

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