The U.S. Consulate in Chennai recently confirmed that L-1 visa applications filed under a company’s approved Blanket L Petition must be “clearly approvable” in order for the post to issue an L-1 visa.
The “clearly approvable” standard, which is legally applicable for review of applications under a Blanket L Petition, is higher than the “preponderance of evidence” standard that applies to L-1 petitions filed with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS). While the “preponderance of evidence” standard requires that the petitioner prove eligibility by a mere probability (51% likelihood), consular officers have asserted that the “clearly approvable” standard is “way higher.”
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