USCIS Updates New Policy Regarding L-1 Petitions

USCIS has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to affirm that a sole proprietorship may not file an L-1, intracompany transferee petition on behalf of its owner and to clarify that a petitioning organization that fails to timely file an extension of an approved blanket L-1 petition is not required to wait before submitting a new blanket petition.

Policy Highlights
  • A sole proprietorship may not file a petition on behalf of its owner because the sole proprietorship does not exist as a distinct legal entity separate and apart from the owner. The update distinguishes a sole proprietor from a self-incorporated petitioner (such as a corporation or a limited liability company with a single owner), where the corporation or the single member limited liability company is a separate and distinct legal entity from its owner, which may petition for that owner; and
  • The failure to timely file an extension of the blanket petition does not trigger the 3-year waiting period before another blanket petition may be filed.

This guidance, contained in Volume 2 of the Policy Manual, is effective immediately.

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