An L-1 “blanket” petition is a single petition that can be approved for certain large, multinational companies, eliminating the need to file a separate L-1 petition for each employee the company wishes to transfer to the United States. The qualified employee of a company with approved blanket petitions applies at a U.S. consulate for the L-1 visa based upon the blanket petition and proof of appropriate prior employment with the company abroad.
A blanket petition may be used for visa applications by L1A managerial and executive employees, as well as L-1 specialized knowledge professional employees. The use of the blanket does not alter the duration of the L-1 stay or remove the requirements to demonstrate the employee’s role as being within the L-1 requirements. L-1 blanket is NOT available for the transfer of L1B specialized knowledge positions for nonprofessionals.