L-1B visas are used by foreign companies looking to transfer their most talented employees to their United States branches. Despite the economic value of these employees, USCIS has been capriciously denying these applications for years. L-1B visa applications had a 35% denial rate last year, a more than five-fold increase from year 2006.
As part of President Obama's recent executive memoranda, USCIS has finally issued guidance on these visa applications to provide more consistency in adjudication.
You can find the memorandum here: USCIS L-1B Memo
Employment-based visa applications are extremely complex. If you are looking to transfer employees or hire a foreign national, contact us at TheTeam@huwelaw.com.