The US Embassy in New Delhi has announced that starting December 1, 2011, the US Consulate General in Chennai will be the sole Blanket L category visa acceptance and processing center in India. Companies throughout India will be requested to send Blanket L applicants exclusively to Chennai for visa interviews. The Embassy has announced that this change is in order to streamline the Blanket L visa issuance process, and is part of the US Government's ongoing effort to provide efficient visa services throughout India. This change, however, does not affect the spouses and children of L1 visa holders. They and individual L1A and L1B visa applicants may still be processed at any US Consulate in India. Also, this centralization affects only the location for processing of L1 Blanket visas. It does not change the law or policy for visa processing.