Given the high scrutiny and denial rates of individual L-1 petitions, preparing Blanket L applications has historically been a better option. While Blanket L applications remain a better option, consular officers are beginning to scrutinize these cases more than they had previously. Our panel of experts will provide practical suggestions for difficult Blanket L issues.
- Standard of Review: How to Prove Eligibility of “Clear and Convincing” Evidence
- Renewal of Blanket Ls: To Travel or Not to Travel?
- Visa Stamp Discrepancies and When to Renew L-1 and L-2
- When Are Dependents Required to Travel?
- CBP Errors: Practical Tips for Correcting Them (e.g., CBP Admitting L-1 Holders in L-1A Status Instead of L-1B)
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Blake Miller (DL), Irvine, CA
Blake Miller is a Partner with Fragomen's Irvine, California office. Blake works with clients across a range of industries, including engineering, real estate, financial services, construction procurement, manufacturing, entertainment and the arts. He has partnered with multiple hypergrowth companies to develop efficient, compliant and sustainable immigration programs. Blake is a past chair of the AILA Southern California Chapter.
Meredith Jolie, Washington, DC
Meredith Jolie is a Senior Attorney at Maggio, Kattar, Nahajzer + Alexander PC. She is Vice-Chair of the Washington USCIS Liaison Committee. She also served as Co-Chair of the AILA DC Citizenship Day Committee for two years. Ms. Jolie received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Ellen Freeman, Pittsburgh, PA
Ellen Freeman is founding partner of Ellen Freeman Immigration Law Group, PLLC. Her practice focuses on the needs of business, academia, emerging technology, healthcare, hospitality and the arts. With over twenty years of experience in all facets of employment-based immigration, Freeman has been recognized for her expertise by Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in Corporate Immigration. She is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Freeman is an elected board member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the Editorial Board for Immigration Law for Law 360.