USCIS Modifies Receipt Process for Form I-129S

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced revisions to the issuance of receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees (executives, managers, or specialized knowledge professionals) operating under a previously approved blanket L petition.

In the case of filing Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, alongside Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitioners will now receive two distinct notices: the receipt notice and the approval notice (if approved). Instead of receiving a stamped and signed Form I-129S in conjunction with the Form I-129 approval, petitioners will now receive a separate approval notice for the Form I-129S, functioning as the endorsement.

This approval notice will serve as evidence that a USCIS officer has confirmed the beneficiary's eligibility for L-1 status based on an approved blanket L petition, meeting the endorsement requirement specified in 8 CFR 214.2(l)(5)(ii)(E). A copy of this notice will also be provided to the beneficiary for inclusion with their visa and/or admission papers.

The adjustment aims to streamline the processing of Form I-129S for petitioners, ensuring a faster, more organized, and secure procedure by eliminating the necessity for USCIS to print, stamp, sign, and annotate the paper form.

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