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U.S. Department of State Provides Guidance L-1B Specialized Knowledge

The Department of State (DOS) issued a memorandum to U.S. consular posts in an effort to define L-1B specialized knowledge. The memorandum lays out criteria that L-1B visa applicants can expect to encounter. Of course, policy memoranda have a tendency to take some time for full implementation, but the guidance may permeate through U.S. consular posts fairly quickly.
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USCIS Updates Case Processing Times

December 16, 2010
News & Updates, USCIS
The four U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regional offices have issued updated processing times. Generally, processing times have remained consistent this month from last month, with some improvement in H-1B processing times at the California Service Center. The processing of H-1B extensions at the Vermont Service Center continues to be extremly slow, with processing times at about five and a half months. This estimated five and a half month processing time can have a significant impact on foreign national employees. This is why it is imperative that employers file H-1B extensions as close to the six-months-from-current-expiration-date mark as possible. Otherwise, employees could encounter travel restrictions and have problems renewing driving privileges. The California Service Center processing of H-1B extensions is still around 2 months.
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