L-1 Blanket Petition Program

USCIS has also provided a special set of procedures to be used by companies that have been frequent users of the L-1 visa category or are large multi-national organizations. It is called L-1 Blanket Petition Program. Under this program, the approved company has only to receive one approval from the USCIS to transfer certain number of managerial, executive and professional employees. It is valid initially for 3 years and may be extended indefinitely.

One benefit to this program is that it enables the company to avoid having to file individualized applications for each employee it wishes to transfer to the US, thus saving the company significant time. Instead, the alien can take a copy of the I-797 approval notice and apply directly at the nearby US consulate to obtain an L-1 visa stamp in his passport.

However, since January 16, 2002 there has been change in the law. Only if the employer has a “blanket” L petition approved by the USCIS, the time of employment abroad is shortened from one year to six months. It is applicable only for nonimmigrant L status. Three positions – a manager, an executive and a person with specialized knowledge – are usually considered employable by the USCIS can meet the obligations of a qualifying organization.

The blanket L petition can initially take time to prepare and submit to INS. However, once approved, it enables the petitioning corporation to transfer to the US eligible professionals on a relatively expedited basis. The intending L-1 transferee merely submits INS form I-797 and the supporting documentation to the consulate and may be able to enter the US a week or so after applying to the consulate for a visa, depending on processing times of the particular consulate.

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