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Hi,

I attended interview for L1-A stamping on 2nd Feb 2011. My petition wsa filed under Blanket category.

I was asked only one question, "Why are you going to US"? And then asked to show some letter from client. I answered and showed Client invitation letter.

After 2-3 mins, he gave me white form which says that my application is kept pending aagainst section 221(g). He also handed over my petition paper and passport. He has marked 'Specialised' in the petition paper and mentioned not clearly approvable.

Please note that i had applied for L1-A (Managerial Category) but the form talks about specialized skills and L1-B.

Can you suggest what could have gone wrong. My total exp is more than 9 years out of which last 8 years is with single employer.

Thanks
Shweta

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Hi,

It appears that you will not truly a manager or executive in the U.S., and client placement in the U.S. (whether in L1A or L1B) visa category is frowned upon by the Consulate.

I recommend that your employer file an H1B petition for you at the beginning of April, 2011 (the visa cap has been reached and cannot be filed earlier).

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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