What is the difference between an L1-Blanket and an L1-Individual Visa?

Essentially the L1-Blanket is designed for corporations to be eligible to mainstream the transfer of L1 employees to work in the US. Once the company has the L1-Blanket Visa they can quickly transfer people without having to file a petition with INS, but instead are only required to submit a form to the U.S. consulate to grant the transfer.

To obtain the L1-Blanket the company must meet a set of specific requirements.

  • Have a U.S. office for at a minimum of 1 year.
  • 3+ branches or affiliates
  • Meet one of the following criteria: 1.) annual sales in the U.S. of at least $25 million, 2.) workforce of at least 1000 people, 3.) At least 10 L-1 visas approved in the previous 12 months

The L-1 individual visa is based on a single visa intended for only one person at a time.

If you are a company (or individual) that is interested in this process, it would be best to consult an immigration attorney to walk you through the process. As you may be aware, this process can be tedious and overwhelming at times.

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