I'm a British Citizen holding an L1 Visa, currently employed in the US.

I may need to travel internationally soon. I am concerned about re-entry to the US at the end of this travel (I may be away for up to 6 months).

I believe the rules currently state that I am permitted to enter (provided I have not been in certain countries in the preceding 14 days). However I am also aware that L1 (and other Visa types) are currently not being issued and I could run into difficulty if the officer on the day is in a bad mood.

Should the officer decide to deny entry, what would be the options presented to me for appeal and how quickly would the process take place?

EDIT - to clarify - There's no reason for me to believe that I'm any more or less likely to be denied entry than an average Brit. Prior to COVID and the presidential proclamations, I was a regular international traveler with Global Entry. I may well be worried about nothing, but forewarned is forearmed and that is the purpose of this question.

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    Rule #1 in such cases is: do not travel. If you suspect a border entry rejection is likely, it's best to stay in the US. – JonathanReez Sep 22 '20 at 16:57
  • @JonathanReez I made an edit to clarify the reason for asking my question. I honestly don't think it's likely, but I think the probability of being rejected has increased due to COVID. – user113532 Sep 22 '20 at 17:06
  • Does this help? justlanded.com/english/United-States/Articles/Moving/… – Traveller Sep 22 '20 at 17:09
  • Understood. If it helps, I was traveling on L-1 from Europe in August (with a stay in Turkey for 2 weeks to satisfy the Schengen ban) and the entry was as smooth as ever. – JonathanReez Sep 22 '20 at 17:22
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    Visas of any kind (including the L1) do NOT give you the right to be admitted, and there is little you can do if denied entry. Basically, you can apply for a visa again and hope to get a review of the denial, but chances are you get automatically denied again. There is no certaincy, and no legal way to force the US to admit you. – Aganju Sep 22 '20 at 17:31

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