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The U.S. State Department has updated its guidance in the State Department Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) for consular officers with stricter language for adjudicating blanket L petitions.
Background: Blanket L petitions are commonly used by multinational companies transferring large numbers of employees from international offices to a U.S. branch or affiliate office.The blanket petition eliminates the need to file individual petitions for each employee.
BAL Analysis: The State Department’s updated guidance does not clearly change the legal standard regarding the burden of proof for blanket L petitions, but the FAM’s new extended focus on requiring the applicant to establish visa eligibility could lead to consular officers scrutinizing these petitions more closely and potentially increasing denials.
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