Shakespeare using laptop.Tomorrow, Friday, April 3, 2015, is Good Friday on the Christian calendar (except for Orthodox believers), and sundown marks the beginning of the Jewish feast of Passover.  This rare coincidence of religious celebrations brings to mind Shakespeare’s observation that, “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”  And though it may well be true that knowledge is a means to immortality, it might not be sufficient for a foreign worker to obtain an L-1B visa, reserved for individuals with “specialized knowledge” of a company’s products, policy’s or procedures.  The L-1B visa has been mired in confusion, high denial rates, and inconsistent application for years, due in part to a lack of clarity as to what counts as “specialized knowledge.” The bard, and our readers, can now take some comfort in the fact that on March 24, 2015 USCIS released its draft Policy Memorandum (“L-1B Memo” or “Memo”) offering clarification on the definition of “specialized knowledge.”  The long awaited L-1B Memo is welcome news for employers and immigration practitioners who have seen an increase in the denial rates of L-1B petitions, an increase in the numbers of Requests for Additional Evidence (RFEs), and a lack of clarity and consistency on the part of USCIS adjudicators in reviewing L-1B petitions. (Continue reading).