L1 BlanketThe L1B Blanket Visa by Attorney Shah Peerallywww.PeerallyLaw.com(510) 742 5887
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L1 Blanket and How to Qualify.L1 Blanket unlike the regular L1A visa requires a pre-qualification for companies to intra-transfer their employees to the United States. Once the company is pre-qualified, then the company can actually bring several L1 employees on the same petition. This slide will cover -When and How Does a company Qualify for the L1 Blanket?What is required to be approved?What happens once the employer is approved or certified for the L1 blanket certification.Where the L1 employee can obtain their visas to come to the United States.Options for Canadians whose company is qualified for L1 Blanket.Optional filing of Form I-129S with USCIS
In order to qualify for the L1 Blanket the company has to:
In addition to the 3 conditions above - One additional criteria among the 3 below should be present:
Have obtained at least 10 L-1 approvals during the previous 12-month period;Have U.S. subsidiaries or affiliates with combined annual sales of at least $25 million; orHave a U.S. work force of at least 1,000 employees.
Once the l1 blanket is approved the employee now needs to be approvedAlthough the L1 blanket simplifies the process for companies, their employee candidate do still have to go the US consulate processing or an additional USCIS processing in order to qualify as an L1 candidate.
The l1 candidate must have worked for the foreign company for 1 year in the past 3 years just like in the regular l1. For L1A candidates, they have to prove they were in a managerial or executive capacity. As for L1B, the employee has to demonstrate he/she has met the requirements of a United States bachelor degree or US equivalent of a bachelors degree and will be working in an specialty occupation.
THE L1 EMPLOYEE CANDIDATE STILL HAVE TO PROVE THAT THEY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN L1 EMPLOYEE.
How is the L1 Blanket employee supposed to apply?In most cases, once the blanket petition has been approved, the employer need only complete Form, I-129S,Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition and send it to the employee along with a copy of the blanket petition Approval Notice and other required evidence, so that the employee may present it to a consular officer in connection with an application for an L-1 visa.
Other Options for ApplicantsIf the prospective L-1 employee is visa-exempt, the employer may file the Form I-129S and supporting documentation with the USCIS Service Center that approved the blanket petition, instead of submitting the form and supporting documentation directly with CBP.For Canadian Citizens:He or she may present the completed Form I-129S and supporting documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at certain ports-of-entry on the United States-Canada land border or at a United States pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station in Canada, in connection with an application for admission to the United States in L-1 status.Once satisfied, the CBP officer will actually issue the visa stamp on the passport for entry.
Important Shah Peerally Law Group PC37600 Central Ct, Ste 202 Newark CA 94560www.PeerallyLaw.comPhone (510) 742 5887Disclaimer:Information provided is purely educational and should not be construed as legal advice. You should not act or refrain to act solely on the information provided. The L1 Blanket is very tempting to many companies, however, not all of them will eventually meet the requirements. This does not mean that companies cannot actually file regular L1 visas.Companies should not actually focus on the blanket L1 and opt for the regular L1 until they actually file and obtain approvals on enough cases to qualify for L1 Blanket.Our law firm has helped many with their immigration cases including L1, H1B, O, P, Q, R, and U visas. We recommend you give us a call at (510) 7425887, if you need our assistance.