Zach Ahlstrom, an Associate Attorney here at Berardi Immigration Law, recently had a successful L-1 renewal application presented to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Peace Bridge located in Buffalo, NY.
CBP has recently changed some of their rules surrounding L-1 renewals at the border. They now require proof that the L-1 renewal applicant has spent less than 183 days in the U.S. per year. If the applicant is not an intermittent border crosser, the application must be filed through the mail with USCIS instead. To prove intermittent travel to the U.S., we include such evidence as a travel log detailing the applicant’s trips in and out of the U.S. and evidence of ties to Canada, such as one year of utility bills or credit card statements.
This renewal application was for a Functional Manager who didn’t manage people, instead he managed an essential function within the organization. Therefore, we highlighted the applicant’s autonomous decision making and the impact of his decisions on the individuals of the company and department within this organization. CBP was satisfied with the evidence and approved his L-1 visa for three years.