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L-1 Blanket - Frequently Asked Questions


What is L-1 visa?

The L-1 work visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals being transferred by their current employer to enter into the U.S. to manage an organization or a major function or division of an organization, or work for an affiliated company as a specialized knowledge employee.


What is L1 Blanket petition?

The L-1 Blanket petition is a procedure through which a very large company may pre-qualify to transfer its L-1 employees. Once the L-1 Blanket is approved, the company may transfer people to the U.S. on L-1 visa quickly and on short notice without having to file a separate petition for each employee with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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Who may apply for L-1 Blanket?

The L-1 Blanket is suitable for:

  • U.S. companies that are branches, parents, subsidiaries or affiliates of foreign companies that frequently transfer their foreign national employees to their related U.S. companies
  • Your company may qualify for an L-1 Blanket if it meets one or more of the following requirements:
  • U.S. company with at least 1,000 employees
  • U.S. company which has obtained L-1 visas for at least ten of its employees during the previous 12 months
  • U.S. company and related U.S. companies have combined annual sales of at least $25 million
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