United States Customs and Border Protection recently announced on its website that, sometime during September 2014, it would begin optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L-1 applicants seeking entry into the United States under the North American Free Trade Agreement. However, it is unlikely that this initiative will significantly alter the way that TN and L-1 cases are adjudicated.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently updated its Foreign Worker Manual, which provides guidance to CIC and Canada Border Services Agency officers who adjudicate work permit applications. The updated version includes revisions to sections that describe the C12 and NAFTA intracompany transferee exemptions.
On July 4, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") issued Operational Bulletin 316 (the "Bulletin"). The Bulletin contains additional instructions regarding the assessment criteria that should be considered when adjudicating specialized knowledge intracompany transferee work permit applications.
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