I have applied for L1 blanket visa and appeared for the interview on 5th July 2017 at U.S. Consulate General Chennai office.

I have cleared the interview and the visa officer said that my visa is approved and gave me two copies of I-129S with an approved stamp, and took my passport.

However, when I collected my passport from VFS Ahmedabad dropbox today, attached to it was a blue sheet of paper that says 'Your Blanket L-1 application is not clearly approvable under section 8 CFR 214.2(l)(ii)(D) and INA 101(a)(15)(L).'

Since the visa officer returned I-129s with an approved stamp, why wasn't my passport also stamped? Do I need to submit any missing documents, or was there an issue with my application?

  • Their wording is vague. Without more specific details on the part of the consulate, we can't be sure if it's nothing, a glitch, or something of substance that you can actually do something about. I think you will have to press them about this.
    – ouflak
    Jul 27, 2017 at 6:13
  • @Smash - I have the same situation as you. Can you please share, what was your next step or any further updates on your case? Thanks in advance.
    – user370305
    Aug 14, 2017 at 14:40
  • @user370305 I have sent an email to [email protected] with all informations, have attached scanned copies of I129s , passport n blue slip which i have got along with passport, they will respond you within 60 days. I have got call from us consulate chennai after 1 month that my visa is not approved , the reason is confidential , that's it, don't expect anything unless they asked for particular documents with your passport , all the best
    – Smash
    Aug 15, 2017 at 3:46
  • @Smash - Thanks for reply. Its more than 1 month I didn't get any updates from them or call and still my visa status shows "Issued". It seems like we can't do anything on this.
    – user370305
    Aug 15, 2017 at 7:00
  • Per 8 CFR 214.2(l)(5)(ii), a blanket L-1 visa can only be approved if it's "clearly approvable". If not, the blanket L-1 visa would be denied but you can still have your company file form I-129 in order for you to apply for an individual L-1.
    – krubo
    Aug 9, 2018 at 22:15


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