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L1A (Individual) petition approved after blanket rejection
My L1A (individual) visa was approved in Jan 2020. Let me give some my background of my application.
After doing some research (esp. on this forum) I realized that I had been probably not a very unique thing which has happened to me and many more are in the same boat as mine.


• L1(A) Blanket Visa : 10th September, 2019
Status: Rejected
• Filed for L1(A) Individual in premium processing: 27th September, 2019
• Received RFE on 5th October
• Filed response to RFE on 28th December
• Received approval on the petition : 5th January, 2020

Blanket experience:

I won’t spent time on explaining the things to be done for Biometrics and Interview day. There are lot of detailed response already on this forum.

I will stick to the questions and the fateful deal breaker question as well:-

Question: What is current experience with your current Organisation?
Answer: XX years
Question: What is your current compensation?
Answer: Told him YYYY dollars annually which is roughly equal to YYYY lacs per annum in INR
Question: What will be your future compensation?
Answer: Told (upside of 150K)
Question: What is your current Role?
Answer: YYYY told the managerial position I had in my current firm – Just the name
Question: What is future Role?
Answer: Told the fill Job title which again had a manager some where
Question: Explain your role in US?
Answer: I explained my role as functional manager and details as per the petition and Attorney’s guidance
Question: A follow up question on my roles & responsibilities
Answer: Explained
It took some time for the visa officer to understand the exact role and then nodded by saying (I understand!)
Question: How many direct reportees you will have in US?
Answer: It will be a functional manager role and I won’t be having any direct reportees
The Visa officer kept on typing post this question and it took him almost a minute after which he pulled out a blue slip and marked the section. He then stamped all the three copies of I-129s with “Visa not clearly approvable”. He passed me my passports and 2 copies of the stamped I-129s back. While passing back the slip, he told me that this category of visa is heavily scrutinized and asked me to show this slip to the HR and they can put me for a different class of Visa. Good day!

I think not having direct reportee didn’t go very well with my job title and hence given a blue slip

Now I have the petition approved from USCIS and waiting for the documents.

Interview scheduled for 3rd March.

I just wanted to check if the direct reportee question will come again even with an approved petition and any tips of dealing with this situation.

Thanks in advance to all the active contributors.
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