A pilot program that was scheduled to expire Wednesday for Canadian nationals applying for L-1 visas at the Blaine, Wash. port of entry has been extended through April 30, 2019.
Background: The pilot program is a joint initiative between CBP and USCIS. It began April 30, 2018 and was set to expire Oct. 31.
BAL Analysis: While this program may at some point be extended to all Canadian posts in order to centralize processing at the Service Centers, at this point it is still limited to the Blaine port of entry. USCIS and CBP encourage employers using the pilot program to file their petitions as far in advance of travel as possible. The agencies are seeking feedback on the pilot program from Canadian citizens and their employers via email at email@example.com. Comments will be used when the agencies consider extending the program to other points of entry.
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