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New L-1B Visa Guidelines a Mixed Bag for Employers

In today's global economy, U.S. companies may need to import certain skill sets from elsewhere in short order. That’s when they look to L-1B visas, nonimmigrant authorizations that allow workers from a company’s foreign branches or offices to come work in the U.S., provided they meet certain standards.


Ian Macdonald, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, told that the lower bar is a “huge positive” for employers, but it means that the evaluation process can still be subjective and difficult. The question of whether the individual has specialized knowledge that applies to a particular company is still decided by a government official who might have very limited knowledge of the field.

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