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New Updates for L-1 Nonimmigrant Blanket Visa Applicants

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today modifications to the manner receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees (executives, managers, or specialized knowledge specialists) under a previously authorized blanket L petition will be issued.

When filing Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, together with Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, the petitioner will now receive two notices: the receipt notice and the approval notice (if approved). Petitioners will no longer receive a stamped and signed Form I-129S in conjunction with the Form I-129 approval. Instead, the petitioner will receive a separate approval notice for the Form I-129S, which serves as the endorsement.

This approval notification serves as proof that a USCIS officer concluded the beneficiary is qualified for L-1 status based on an authorized blanket L petition and represents an endorsement of Form I-129S as required by 8 CFR 214.2(l)(5)(ii)(E). A copy of such notification will be given to the recipient to include with their visa and/or admittance documents.

By removing the requirement for USCIS to print, stamp, sign, and annotate the paper form, this move will provide petitioners with faster, more organized, and more secure processing of Form I-129S.

This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).