Form I-129/I-129S Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants
April 19, 2018
Posted by: Susanna
This pilot program allows Canadian citizens to request that USCIS remotely adjudicate their petitioning employer’s Form I-129 or I-129S prior to their arrival or when they arrive at the Blaine POE. Previously, Canadian citizens had two options: (1) Go to a Class A POE or pre-clearance airport to apply for admission as an L-1 nonimmigrant and ask CBP to adjudicate the Form I-129 or I-129S on that day, or (2) Wait for USCIS to adjudicate their employer’s Form I-129 or I-129S before going to a POE to apply for admission into the United States.
To participate in this pilot program, petitioners must file their Form I-129 or I-129S and supporting evidence with the California Service Center. USCIS will receive fees, issue a Form I-797C receipt notice, and adjudicate the Form I-129 or I-129S. If USCIS needs additional evidence, USCIS will send a request for evidence (RFE) to the petitioner.
The Canadian citizen then does not need to wait for USCIS to adjudicate the form before going to the Blaine POE to apply for admission into the United States. At the Blaine POE, they can request that USCIS remotely adjudicate their employer’s Form I-129 or I-129S. This option is only available at the Blaine POE during this pilot program.
As an employer, you may choose to file some, all, or none of your L-1 petitions under this pilot program.
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