L-1 approved at the border in only 13 days after B-1 refusal.Published: Nov 22, 2010 11:00 am
Our client is a Canadian citizen residing in Canada. He is the CEO of a Canadian corporation that is a subsidiary of a major U. S. company. The client has entered the United States on many occasions as a business visitor to attend meetings and to oversee the affairs of the U. S. corporation.
Recently our client was questioned about his business activities in the United States at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. He was denied admission by immigration officers because they determined that his activities were going to benefit the U. S. corporation as well as the Canadian subsidiary. At this point we were retained.
After investigation of all of the facts and circumstances, we concluded that the client was eligible for L-1A intracompany transferee status as an executive, which would allow him to supervise the activities of the U. S. corporation on an as needed basis. We prepared a petition and supplemented it with all of the necessary documents. Because he is a Canadian citizen, under the NAFTA we did not need to apply for a visa for him to be admitted in L-1A status, and we appeared with him at the United States border when he presented himself for inspection.
L-1A status was approved on the spot for a period of three years and the client was admitted to the United States.