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L Blanket

Companies can avoid applying through the USCIS for L-1 petitions and send employees directly to US consulates and embassies for adjudication with an L-1 blanket. The blanket establishes that the US company and foreign company meet the qualifications for related corporate entities. Eligibility is established if:

  • The petitioner and each of the qualifying organizations are engaged in commercial trade or services;
  • The petitioner has an office in the United States which has been doing business for one year or more;
  • The petitioner has three or more domestic and foreign branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates; and
  • The petitioner along with the other qualifying organizations, collectively, meet one of the following criteria:
    • 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; or
    • Have a U.S. work force of at least 1,000 employees.

Any company that qualifies for the L Blanket should pursue it. The L Blanket greatly speeds up adjudication times and raises the likelihood of L-1 approval, as the Department of State tends to take a more relaxed review of L-1 petitions than the USCIS does.