Stricter scrutiny of applicants for the L1 visa has significantly narrowed down the chances of applicants being successful with their applications. Business executives in Canada are not left out in this wide-spread development. Workpermit.com released a report in September, revealing that some Canadian applicants no longer opted for the on-the-spot processing for the L1 visa. Before now, business owners in Canada who applied for the L1A visa and applicants for the L1B visa who being specialized knowledge workers, want to transfer to their company branches in the US, used to get an on-the-spot service. This service was possible because of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA for short, which has been on for many years. However, with the new system, the petition will have to be forwarded to the US Custom and Border Protection (CBP) where it will be adjudicated. From CBP, it will still be forwarded to the USCIS for further processing. These protocols join together to engender a long processing period for the L1 visa. Since President Trump resumed office as the President of the US, individuals who wished to extend their L1B visas, have had their applications, strictly scrutinized. No country is exempted from these stricter visa measures. Applications for the extension of the L1 visa, receive the same strict processing measure and procedures as fresh L1 applications.
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