The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it will begin a pilot program at two of its locations specifically for Canadian citizens between April 30 and October 31, 2018. The purpose of the pilot program is to assist Canadian citizens who are seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status as part of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. The pilot program will take place at the USCIS California Service Center as well as at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection point of entry in Blaine, Washington.

Individuals who wish to participate in this pilot program will be required to submit the following paperwork:

  1. The petitioner will need to submit Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
    1. With this, they will need to provide supporting evidence to the USCIS California Serice Center before seeking L-1 nonimmigrant admission through the point of entry in Blaine, Washington
  2. The individual must use a cover sheet that states “Canadian L” to make sure it can be quickly identified by processors

It is important to be aware that the individuals who wish to participate in this pilot program will send fees to the USCIS. However, Customs and Border Patrol will be in charge of determining whether the applicant should be admitted into the United States.

If you are a Canadian citizen interested in this pilot program, contact our firm today.

The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please contact the office to discuss your circumstances and options.