• Manuela Muttoni

L-1 Blanket petitions for multinational companies

If you are a multinational company you may have the option to file a single L-1 blanket petition to seek L-1 status for multiple aliens. The approval of the L-1 blanket petition then allows a qualified alien beneficiary to apply for an L-1 visa directly at the US Consulate abroad.

US petitioner requirements:

All four of the following requirements needed:

(1) The US Petitioner and all of the organizations listed in the blanket petition must be engaged in commercial trade or services; AND

(2) The US Petitioner must have an office in the United States that has been doing business for a year or longer; AND

(3) The US Petitioner must have three or more domestic and foreign branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates; AND

(4) The final criteria may be met by the US Petitioner documenting any one of the following three factors:

a. It has obtained approval of at least ten L-1managers, executives, or specialized knowledge professionals in the previous 12 months; OR

b. Its U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates have combined annual sales of at least $25 million; OR

c. The Petitioner has a U.S. workforce of at least 1,000 employees

Beneficiary requirements:

An alien, who for one year in the previous 3 years has been employed abroad by a qualifying organization (parent, subsidiary, affiliate, branch) as a manager, executive, or specialized knowledge professional

Validity period of L-1 Blanket visa: initial up to 3 years, renewable in 2-year increments up to a total of 7 years if managerial or executive, or 5 years if specialized knowledge

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