Designated L1 Visa Ports of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has optimized the processing of L1 visas for Canadian citizens applying under NAFTA. CBP has designated the following ports of entry for optimized processing of Canadian L1 applications:

Canada Locations

  • Lester B. Pearson International Airport – Toronto, Ontario
    • Hours: Daily from 4:30am to 11:00pm
  • Trudeau International Airport – Dorval, Quebec
    • Hours: Tuesdays,  Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Vancouver International Airport – Richmond, British Columbia
    • Hours: Daily from 4:30am to 10:30pm
  • Calgary International Airport – Calgary, Alberta
    •  Hours: Daily from 4:30am to 10:00pm

Vermont Locations

  • Highgate Springs Port of Entry – Highgate Springs, VT
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Derby Line Port of Entry – Derby Lune, VT
    • Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

New York Locations

  • Alexandria Bay Port of Entry – Alexandria Bay, NY
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Peace Bridge Port of Entry – Buffalo, NY
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Rainbow Bridge Port of Entry – Niagara Falls, NY
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Champlain Port of Entry – Champlain. NY
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Michigan Locations

  • Detroit Canada Tunnel Port of Entry – Detroit, MI
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge Port of Entry – Detroit, MI
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Washington Locations

  • Blaine Peace Arch Port of Entry – Blaine, WA
    • Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Montana Locations

  • Sweetgrass Port of Entry – Sweetgrass, MT
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Canadian applicants for L1 visa status can still continue to apply at U.S. ports of entry or U.S. preclearance facilities but will not receive optimized processing outside of the designated L1 processing ports. This change is expected to expedite the processing of Canadian L1 applications as well as more closely align the review process. It is recommended to call the desired port of entry prior to making an application to ensure compliance with their specific procedures. With all applications for immigration benefits within the United States it is best to consult with a licensed and experienced attorney devoted to the practice of U.S. Immigration Law.

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