The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") recently released information about the approval and denial rates in the L-1B specialized knowledge program from 2003 through 2011. The L-1B program allows a U.S. employer to transfer an employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization's interests from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices when the employee has worked for at least one year in the previous three years. From 2003 to 2007, the USCIS approved between 91% to 94% of the L-1B petitions. However, the approval rate in the L-1B program significantly dropped beginning in 2008, even though there was no statutory or regulatory change in the program. The approval rate in calendar year 2011 was only 73%, which marks the lowest approval rate of any year since 2003. Additionally, the number of L-1B filings with the USCIS has significantly dropped from its high of close to 30,000 in 2007 to approximately 14,000 in 2011.