Final USCIS Guidance on L1B Adjudications

On August 17, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued final guidance on its updated L1B adjudications policy. This USCIS policy memorandum, which went into effect August 31st, is substantially similar to the draft guidance released on March 24, 2015.

Change to L1B Trend?

The L-1 intracompany transferee classification was created because the United States government recognized that “…the transfer and development of foreign personnel [was] vital to the interests of U.S. businesses.” Yet, in recent years, this underlying concept appears to have been forgotten by the USCIS. As discussed in the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, Overview of L1B Policy Memo (29.Apr.2015), L1B petitions have received increased scrutiny, especially for cases filed on behalf of Indian nationals. It remains to be seen whether the long-awaited USCIS guidance will help to reverse this trend.


The Murthy Law Firm will continue to closely monitor adjudication trends for L-1 cases. As new details emerge, updates will be posted on MurthyDotCom.


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