UNITED STATES: New Policy for L-1 Readmissions at Canadian Border

April 29, 2019

Effective immediately, and without an official announcement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals, for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Instead, these applicants must submit a request for extension of stay by filing an I-129 petition with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which takes longer to process.

The policy affects both individual and blanket L-1 applicants, and their dependents, presenting renewal petitions at ports of entry along the Canada/United States border and pre-clearance locations.

Canadian nationals presenting initial or intermittent/commuter petitions are exempt from this new policy.

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are advised to contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific information.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to the US, please contact us.