Some POEs Refusing Canadian L-1 Renewal/Extension Petitions Under NAFTA

According to reports, contrary to previous practice, various U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ports of entry (POEs) and preclearance locations have begun to refuse to process L-1 renewal and extension petitions from Canadians pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Anecdotally, the affected POEs include Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Pearson, Edmonton, Seattle, Pembina, Warroad, Pt. Roberts and Sumas.

Some practitioners have sent their Canadian L’s to consular posts instead to file their I-129S (Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition).

DetailsFredrikson & Byron, P.A. (report prepared with the assistance of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers)

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