Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition

[I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition]

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Purpose of Form :

For employers to classify employees as L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees (executives, managers, or specialized knowledge professionals) under a blanket L petition.

Number of Pages :


Edition Date :

01/16/07. The 9/16/05 edition can be used, but other editions are not acceptable.

Where to File :

If the alien employee requires a visa, present the completed petition to a U.S. Consular Officer; if no visa is required, file the petition at the Service Center where the blanket petition was approved.

Filing Fee :


Special Instructions :

You may be eligible to file this form electronically. Please see our Introduction to Electronic Filing in the Related Link section.

Download I-129S (148KB PDF)

Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
OMB No. 1615-0010; Expires 12/31/09
I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition

What Is the Purpose of This Form?

This form is for an employer to classify employees as L-1 nonimmigrant intra-company transferees under a blanket L petition approval.

Who May File?

An employer who has already obtained approval of a blanket L-1 petition may file this form to classify employees outside the United States as executives, managers or specialized knowledge professionals. If the employee is in the United States and you are requesting a change of status or extension of stay for that employee, use Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

General Filing Instructions.

Please answer all questions by typing or clearly printing in black ink. Indicate that an item is not applicable with “N/A.” If the answer is “none” write “none.”

If you need extra space to answer any item, attach a sheet of paper with your name and Alien Registration Number (A#), if any, and indicate the number of the item to which the answer related.

You must file your petition with the required Initial Evidence. Your petition must be properly signed. Retain a copy of the form and supporting documents for your records.

Translations. Any foreign language document must be accompanied by a full English translation that a translator has certified as complete and correct. The translator must also certify that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English.

Copies. If these instructions state that a copy of a document may be filed with this petition, and you choose to send us the original, we may keep that original for our records.

Initial Evidence.

You must file your petition with:

  • A copy of the approval notice for the blanket petition;
  • A letter from the alien’s foreign qualifying employer detailing his or her dates of employment, job duties, qualifications and salary. The letter must also show that the alien worked for the employer for at least one continuous year in the three-year period preceeding the filing of the petition in an executive, managerial or specialized knowledge professional capacity; and
  • If the alien is a specialized knowlege professional, a copy of a U.S. degree, a foreign degree equivalent to a U.S. degree, or evidence establishing that the combination of the beneficiary’s education and experience is the equivalent of a U.S. degree.

Where to File.

If the alien requires a visa, he or she should present the completed petition at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

If the alien is not required to obtain a visa, he or she should file this petition at the Service Center of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that approved the blanket petition.


There is no fee for this petition.

Processing Information.

Acceptance. A petition that is not signed will be rejected with a notice that the petition is deficient. You may correct the deficiency and resubmit the petition. However, a petition is not considered properly filed until it is accepted by USCIS.

Initial processing. Once the petition has been accepted, it will be checked for completeness, including submission of the required initial evidence. If you do not completely fill out the form or file it without required initial evidence, you will not establish a basis for eligibility and we may deny your petition.

Requests for more information or interview. We may request more information or evidence or we may request that you appear at a USCIS office for an interview. We may also request that you submit the original of any copy. We will return these originals when they are no longer required.

Decision. You will be notified in writing of the decision on your petition. If you filed the petition at a USCIS service center and it is approved, the approval notice will be sent to you so you can send it to the beneficiary to present at a port of entry when he or she enters the United States.


If you knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material fact or submit a false document with this request, we will deny the benefit you are seeking and may deny any other immigration benefit. In addition, you will face severe penalties provided by law and you may be subjected to criminal prosecution.

Privacy Act Notice.

We ask for the information on this form and associated evidence to determine if you have established eligibility for the immigration benefit you are seeking. Our legal right to ask for this information is in 8 USC 1154. We may provide this information to other government agencies. Failure to provide this information and any requested evidence may delay a final decision or result in denial of your application.

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Use InfoPass for Appointments.

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Paperwork Reduction Act Notice.

A person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. We try to create forms and instructions that are accurate, can be easily understood and that impose the least possible burden on you to provide us with information. Often this is difficult because some immigration laws are very complex.

The estimated average time to complete and file this application is as follows: (1) 10 minutes to learn about the law and form; (2) 10 minutes to complete the form; and (3) 15 minutes to assemble and file the petition; for a total estimated average of 35 minutes per application.

If you have comments regarding the accuracy of this estimate or suggestions for making this form simpler, you can write to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.,3rd Floor, Suite 3008 , Washington, D.C. 20529; OMB No. 1615-0010. Do not mail your completed application to this address.