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QUESTION: Can you explain what the Blanket petition is and if I need that at all?
ANSWER: The blanket petition is usually used by large companies who have a lot of employees who might, at some point, be coming to the US on an L1 status. Basically, it is almost like a pre-approval of the company's eligibility to petition employees with the USCIS, leaving the only thing for the employee to do when the company wants to send him is to interview at the consulate, based on an already approved sponsor petition. If your company is not a large company (like Exxon, HSBC bank, etc.) and you don't intend to bring other employees to the US in L1 stats, you won't need the blanket L petition.
QUESTION: I can obtain an office space no problem. Infact, a client of mine has offered to sublet their office space to me if I need it so thats not a problem.
The company in the UK will still be operational and will continue to have business (but will be travelling back and fourth between the US and the UK). But there maybe periods of where the UK branch may not have business (normal cycle of work/demand) but still is operational/alive.
Would I be eligible here for L1A?
ANSWER: Yes, based on this information and description, you could still be eligible. But the relationship between the companies must still exist.
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