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Premium Processing Available for Blanket L Petitions
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Premium Processing is available to request the Blanket L classification for a Petitioner and its qualifying related entities. A request for premium processing of a Blanket L petition should be made on Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, not on Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition. "LZ" should be entered as the requested nonimmigrant classification in Part 2, Item 1 of Form I-129. Individual employees should not be named in the Form I-129. Section 2 of the L classification supplement to Form I-129 should also be completed when seeking Blanket L approval.

The following options are available to the beneficiaries of Blanket L approval:
  • For aliens outside of the U.S. who require a visa, Form I-129S is filed with the appropriate Consular Post as part of the visa processing

  • For Canadians outside of the U.S., there are several options pursuant to NAFTA:

    • Form I-129S may be filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Entry or

    • Form I-129S may be filed with the appropriate USCIS Service Center (premium processing is not available for form I-129S) or

    • Form I-129 may be filed with a USCIS Service Center.

  • For visa exempt aliens other than those under NAFTA who are outside of the U.S., Form I-129S is filed with a USCIS Service Center (Premium Processing is not available for form I-129S).

  • For aliens inside the U.S. seeking a change of status, Form I-129 is filed with a USCIS Service Center.

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