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Key Points

  • USCIS has a new receipt issuance process for Form I-129s
  • The change applies to petitioners with a previously approved Blanket L Petition
  • Petitioners will now receive a receipt and an approval notice


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed how it issues receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees under a previously approved Blanket L Petition.

Now, petitioners who are filing Form I-129s, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, along with Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, will receive two notices, initially a receipt notice and subsequently an approval notice if the petition is approved. The approval notice indicates that a USCIS officer has determined that the beneficiary is eligible for L-1 status based on an approved Blanket L Petition. The approval notice is also an endorsement of Form I-129s. Beneficiaries will get a copy of the approval notice to include with their visa and admission papers.

As a result of this change, 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 Form I-129S, which serves as the endorsement.

USCIS updated its receipt issuance process to give petitioners a faster, more secure, and more organized way to process Form I-129s.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Dmitri Pikman, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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