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L-1 Blanket - Frequently Asked Questions


What privileges do I enjoy on L-1 Blanket visa?

On L-1 Blanket visa, you may:

  • Be transferred to the U.S. and work legally for a U.S. company that is a branch, parents, subsidiary, affiliate or joint venture partner of a company that already employs you outside of the U.S.
  • Be quickly issued your visa
  • Be permitted to travel in and out of the U.S. or remain here continuously until your L-1 status expires
  • Avail of dependant visas for accompanying relatives
  • Apply for a Green Card through employment and skip a major step of that process (no Labor Certification requirements)

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What are the limitations of L-1 Blanket visa?

On L-1 Blanket visa, you may:

  • Work only for the U.S. employer who acted as your L-1 visa sponsor. However, you can transfer between the related companies that are listed on the Blanket L approval notice
  • Get visa approval for up to three years. Extensions of two years at a time may be allowed until you have been in the U.S. for a total of seven years if you are a manager or executive, five years if you come as a specialized knowledge employee

For how long is the L-1 Blanket petition valid?

The L-1 Blanket approval is initially valid for three years.

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