Recently I attended an L1 - Blanket interview at the Chennai consulate since my company wanted me to work for a key project that just started - I have been with the current organization for about 5.5 years (overall 7 years).
The Result: The VO officer, asked a few questions on my ctc in India, the project and I answered as were the facts. However, he rejected the application stating that it was not clearly approvable under blanket l1 and my organization can apply for L1 individual if they were still interested. I had been working for this organization for half a decade and on the same processes and product.. didnt have the slightest doubt that this would happen.
Past consulate experiences:
Early in my career(2007), a start-up organization had sponsored an H1, and when I went for the Visa stamping I was issued a 221(g) . Later the application was sent back to USCIS and I did not hear back from the consulate or the employer.
In 2008 the current organization wanted me to get a B1 visa as they was a potential requirement to travel onsite. I went for B1 stamping and was given B1 without any problem. Later the requirement was no longer there and i never travelled on the B1
Now, my organization wants to process an l1- individual since they need me onsite for about a year for this key implementation project.
My Question: Considering my post experiences with the consulate, I am VERY concerned about going for an L1 individual, request the experience members out there to kindly guide if this is the 'right' thing to do and what my next steps should be.
I am also concerned that if I dont get a Visa, somebody else junior to me will be picked to take up and I will become a spectator and may end up having to quit the job
Help guys! - I dont want to miss out on opportunities that will keep my career on track.