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.
HR Professionals who deal with United States immigration matters may be aware that the latest version of Form I-129 now includes an export control attestation; this export control attestation became effective on February 20, 2011. As of that date, employers seeking to petition H-1B, H-1B1, L-1 or O-1A (O-1A includes extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics) workers must now answer the attestation. Unfortunately, determining the applicability of U.S. export restrictions can be a complicated task and may require a legal opinion from a lawyer who has experience in this area.
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