Strategic Use of the L-1 Blanket Visa: Facilitating Global Talent Mobility for IT Companies in the United States

The fast-paced world of information technology often requires companies to swiftly transfer skilled employees from international subsidiaries to U.S. offices to ensure projects are completed on time and with the highest quality. The L-1 Blanket Visa is a powerful tool that IT companies can leverage to facilitate this process. Let’s delve into the L-1 Blanket Visa program and its benefits for IT companies seeking to transfer employees from foreign subsidiaries to the United States.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process for L-1 Blanket Petition

For a company to be eligible for an L-1 Blanket Petition, it must meet specific criteria. These include being engaged in commercial trade or services, having a U.S. office that has been operational for at least one year, and having three or more domestic and foreign branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates. Additionally, the company must satisfy at least one of the following conditions: a combined annual sale of at least $25 million, a U.S. workforce of at least 1,000 employees, or the transfer of a minimum of 10 L-1 employees to the U.S. within the past year. Meeting these requirements allows a company to apply for an L-1 Blanket approval.

Once the L-1 Blanket petition is approved, individual employees can bypass the lengthy United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) review process and apply directly at a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country. It’s important to note that the L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Program includes two distinct categories: L-1A and L1B. The L-1A visa is designed for executives and managers, while the L-1B is intended for employees with specialized knowledge crucial to the company’s proprietary services or products. Regardless of the category, both visa types require that employees have worked for the foreign company for at least one continuous year within the three years preceding the application. Subsequently, employees submit their L-1 visa applications at the consulate, demonstrating their qualifications and connection to the approved L-1 Blanket Petition.

    Streamlined Process for Efficient Transfers

    The L-1 Blanket Visa allows employees to apply directly at a U.S. consulate or embassy, bypassing the time-consuming task of filing petitions before the USCIS. This streamlined process enables companies to respond to project needs swiftly, avoiding the delays often associated with USCIS applications and ensuring a more efficient transfer of key personnel to the United States.

    Flexibility in Employee Transfers

    The IT industry thrives on flexibility and agility, and the L-1 Blanket Visa is a powerful enabler. Mr. Venkat Abburi (Mr. Abburi”), Vice President of Global Delivery of System Soft Technologies, emphasizes, “The L-1 Blanket Visa is instrumental in ensuring the delivery of high-quality projects. By allowing us to swiftly and efficiently transfer key personnel from our international offices to the U.S., we can seamlessly integrate the specialized knowledge and skills required for complex IT projects. This agility helps us meet tight deadlines and ensures that our clients benefit from the expertise of our top global talent. The streamlined process of the L-1 Blanket Visa minimizes delays and allows our team to focus on innovation and execution, ultimately enhancing the quality and success of our project deliveries.”

    Facilitating Knowledge Transfer

    One of the most significant advantages of the L-1 Blanket Visa is the facilitation of knowledge transfer. IT projects often require the specific expertise and experience of employees who have been integral to the project from its inception. Transferring these employees ensures continuity and consistency in project execution. Moreover, it allows for sharing of critical knowledge and best practices between the parent company and its U.S. subsidiary, enhancing overall organizational performance.

    Mr. Abburi also notes, “Knowledge transfer is vital for the success of global IT projects. The L-1 Blanket Visa allows us to bring in experts who understand the intricacies of a project from day one. This continuity is essential for maintaining project momentum and ensuring that our teams in the U.S. are fully aligned with our global objectives.”

    Improving Employee Morale and Retention

    Offering employees the opportunity to work in the U.S. can be a significant morale booster and a valuable career development opportunity, says Ms. Madhavi Raj (“Ms. Raj”), Global HR Manager of System Soft Technologies. The L-1 Blanket Visa facilitates international career mobility, which can be attractive for top talent. By enabling employees to gain international experience and exposure, companies can enhance job satisfaction and retention rates, which are crucial in the high-turnover IT industry.

    Ms. Raj comments, “Our employees highly value international assignments. The opportunity to work in the U.S. is seen as a significant career milestone. The L-1 Blanket Visa helps us offer these opportunities more readily, improving employee satisfaction and retention.”


    For IT companies seeking to bring talent from their foreign subsidiaries to the U.S. to complete projects, the L-1 Blanket Visa offers many compelling benefits. From streamlining the transfer process, facilitating knowledge transfer, and enhancing competitiveness, this visa category is a strategic asset. By leveraging the L-1 Blanket Visa, IT companies can ensure that they have the right skilled professionals in the right place at the right time, driving project success and organizational growth.

    About the Author: Liliana Torres Valencia

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    Liliana is a Corporate Counsel- Immigration at System Soft Technologies. She has extensive experience in employment and investment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Liliana’s experience includes handling cases for individuals and companies throughout their nonimmigrant and immigrant journey, including resolving complex legal issues, developing/implementing strategic solutions, and managing risk. Her experience, professionalism, strong work ethic, and effective advocacy skills on complex cases have translated into successful results for our employees.