Travel abroad when in L Status

Individuals in L-1 status who wish to travel outside the US for brief periods of time but whose visa has expired face a risk because they won’t be able to return to the US once they conclude their visit abroad.

To overcome this problem, individuals in L-1 status, are in certain circumstances, allowed to obtain a new visa without leaving the country through the State Department’s visa revalidation procedure. Especially, L-1 holders who are in valid status, whose passport will be valid for at least six months, and whose original visa has a remaining validity of 60 days or less or has expired within the last 12 months, can obtain a new L visa without leaving the country by applying for revalidation.

If someone is not eligible for the visa revalidation procedure, they can get a visa through US consulates in Mexico or Canada as long as the candidate is in valid status. This is called a Third Country Visa. Many individuals prefer to do this since this category of visa processing is expedited.

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&Cedil;Know Before You Go&Cedil; - Cbp Reminds Travelers Of Top10 Most Seized Items
The Cbp Baltimore Released The Top10 List Of Inadmissible Items To Provide Travelers A Sense Of The Prohibited Items That Cbp Officers Seize Most Often. The Director Of Cbp's Baltimore Field Operations Office, Mr. Michael Lovejoy Said, `Travelers Should Take Extraordinary Care To Learn As Much As They Can To Prepare For Their Foreign Destination, We'd Like Them To Exercise The Same Level Of Care To Prepare For Their Return Trip Home.'

Uscis Q&A: New Background Check Policy
Recently Uscis Announced A New Background Check Policy, Where Certain Cases, Including Adjustment Of Status Cases With Pending Name Check Will Be Adjudicated After 180 Days Regardless Of The Fact That The Name Check Is Unresolved. This Is In Response To The Large Volume Of Petitions That Have Been Pending For An Unusually Long Time And Have Resulted In Numerous Lawsuits Against Uscis And Fbi. This New Policy Promises To Finally Resolve The Huge Backlog Of Approvable Cases That Have Not Been Adjudicated Due To The Name Check Portion Of The Background Check. Some Of These Cases Have Been Pending For A Number Of Years And Number Into Thousands.

Dos Update On Green Card Lottery Registrations
The U.S. Department Of State Announced That Over 6.4 Million Entries For The 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Were Received During The Twomonth Electronic Registration Period, From October 4, 2006, Through December 3, 2006.

Visa Revalidation: No More Renewals In The U.S.
After Many Years Of Service, The Revalidation Division Of The Department Of State Has Discontinued Its Domestic Revalidation Service For E, H, I, L, O, And P Visas Starting July 16, 2004.

Biometrics Appointment Letter Consolidated Into One Notice For Aos Applicants
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That Effective Today It Will Begin Consolidating Biometrics Collection When Employmentbased Adjustment Of Status Applications And Employment Authorization Requests Are Filed At The Same Time At One Of The Service Centers.

New Passport Card Production
The U.S. Department Of State (Dos) Has Begun Production Of The New U.S. Passport Card, A Convenient, Wallet-Sized Document To Be Used For Re-Entry Into The U.S. At Land Border Crossings And Sea Ports Of Entry When Arriving From Mexico, Canada, The Caribbean And Bermuda. As Part Of The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (Whti), Travelers Will Be Required To Present A Single Document Denoting Both Citizenship And Identity When Entering The United States Through Land Or Sea Borders. This Requirement Will Go Into Effect June 1, 2009. However The U.S. Passport Card Cannot Be Used For International Air Travel.

President Nominates Michael Chertoff As Dhs Secretary
The President Has Announced The Nomination Of Judge Michael Chertoff To Be The Secretary Of Homeland Security. Michael Chertoff Has Been A Judge On The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit. His Nomination Must Be Approved By The Senate.

Uscis To Reissue Rfe For Special Immigrant Religious Workers
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Realized Recently That Some Requests For Evidence (Rfes) Were Issued To Petitioners For Special Immigrant Religious Workers (Form I360) And These Did Not Take Into Account The Supporting Evidence That Was Included With The Petition.

American Police Records - How To Get Them?
Can Any One Let Me Know How I Get: The American Police Records. Where I Ask For It? How I Ask For It? How Long It Takes? How Much It Cost? Or I Wait For The Fingerprinting Process? Norma

Uscis Launches Online Service To Check Status Of Foia Requests
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Recently Launched The Online Foia Request Status Check Service Providing Customers A Quick And Secure Way To Check The Status Of Requests They Have Made Under The Freedom Of Information Act (Foia).

Senator Cornyn To Chair Senate&Cedil;S Immigration Subcommittee
U.S. Senator John Cornyn Will Chair The Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee On Immigration, Border Security And Citizenship. The Subcommittee Has Jurisdiction Over Immigration, Citizenship, And Refugee Laws, And Oversight Of The Immigrationrelated Functions Of The Department Of Homeland Security.

Joint Plan By Uscis And Fbi To Eliminate Of Fbi Name Checks
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (Fbi) Today Announced A Joint Plan To Eliminate The Backlog Of Name Checks Pending With The Fbi. Uscis And The Fbi Established A Series Of Milestones Prioritizing Work Based On The Age Of The Pending Name Check. The Fbi Has Already Eliminated All Name Check Cases Pending More Than Four Years.

Dhs Under Secretary Discusses Us Visit Expansion
Dhs Under Secretary Has Stressed That "One Of Our Highest Priorities At Us Visit Is To Make Sure That The United States Continues To Be A Welcoming Nation And That Travelers Continue To Come To The United States, Whether For Business, Vacation Or Study.

Update On Processing Petitions For Nonimmigrant Victims Of Criminal Activity
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That, Until Further Notice, It Will Not Terminate Interim Relief For Aliens Who Have Not Yet Filed For U Nonimmigrant Status, Except In Those Cases Where Uscis Is Aware Of Adverse Factors. Uscis Will Continue To Accept Petitions For U Nonimmigrant Status At Any Time. It Is To Be Recalled That The Uscis Had Announced On Sept. 5, 2007 The Publication Of An Interim Final Rule Granting Immigrant Benefits To Certain Victims Of Crimes Who Assist Government Officials In Investigating Or Prosecuting The Criminal Activity. That Rule Was Effective Oct. 17, 2007 And Established Procedures For Applicants Seeking U Nonimmigrant Status, One Of Which Encouraged Aliens Who Had Been Granted Interim Relief To Petition For U Nonimmigrant Status Prior To Apr. 13, 2008 (180 Days From The Effective Date Of The Rule). The Rule States That Uscis Will Terminate Interim Relief For Aliens Who Fail To Petition For The "U" Classification Within The 180Day Time Period.

Joint Statement By Dos Senior Coordinator For Iraqi Refugee Issues Ambassador James Foley And Dhs Senior Advisor For Iraqi Refugees Lori Scialabba
The U.S. Departments Of State (Dos) And Homeland Security (Dhs) Are Pleased To Announce That They Have Successfully Achieved The Goal Of Admitting More Than 12,000 Iraqi Refugees To The United States Through The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program During Fiscal Year (Fy) 2008.

Dhs Grants Real Id Extensions To All Jurisdictions
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Granted Real Id Extensions To All 56 U.S. Jurisdictions, Ensuring That Driver's Licenses And Id Cards Across The Country Will Achieve A Higher Security Standard, And That All Will Continue To Be Acceptable For Official Purposes After The May 11, 2008 Deadline Mandated By Congress In The Real Id Act Of 2005.

U.S. Department Of Labor Auditing All Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Major Immigration Law Firm
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced That It Has Begun Auditing All Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Attorneys At Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy Llp.

Operator Of English Language Schools Charged For Allegedly Running Visa Fraud Scheme
In A Startling Discovery By U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice), A Beverly Hills Man Who Operates Two Schools That Teach English To Foreign Students Was Arrested On Federal Charges For Allegedly Running A Visa Fraud Scheme That Allowed Foreign Nationals From Around The World To Obtain Student Visas To Enter The United States, Even Though They Had No Intention Of Attending The Schools Or Were Fraudulently Trying To Remain In The United States.

Us And Canada To Implement Safe Third Country Agreement On Asylum
Uscis Has Announced A Bilateral Agreement Between The Us And Canada Affecting Asylum Seekers At Uscanada Land Border Portsofentry, And Transiting Through The Us Or Canada During Removal By The Other Country.

Dol Publishes Final Perm Regulation
The U.S. Department Of Labor Finally Published The Much Awaited Regulation For The Permanent Foreign Labor Certification (Perm) Program. The Perm Program Helps Meet Workforce Needs When There Are No Available American Workers To Fill An Available Job.