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March 2015

Obama Will Streamline The US L-1B Visa Programme

Published: Wednesday 25 March 2015

US President Barack Obama has announced that the L-1B visa programme will be streamlined to make it easier for businesses to temporarily move workers from a foreign office to a US office. “My administration is going to reform the L-1B visa category, which allows corporations to temporarily move workers from a foreign office to a US office in a faster, simpler way,” the President said during an address at the investment-oriented SelectUSA summit currently being held in Washington DC. “This could benefit hundreds of thousands of non-immigrant workers and their employers; that in turn, will benefit our entire economy and spur additional investment.” IT companies typically prefer to bring it staff on L1 visas, which allow intra-company transfers, because there is no quota on the number of visas issued in a year, unlike H1-B visas which are subject to a cap. The announcement on L-1B visas comes just days after the National Foundation for American Policy released a report which outlined the rising difficulty foreign nationals are having obtaining the visa. During his speech at the summit, President Obama once again reiterated his desire to see reform made to the country’s immigration programme. “One of the things that would make America even more attractive to businesses and that would grow our economy and shrink our deficits, and keep this country safer, stronger, and smarter, would be a comprehensive immigration reform package,” he said. “We want to make it as simple and as attractive for [foreign investors] to set up shop here as is possible. The bottom line is this. America is proudly open for business.”