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# Question on H1 Visa

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07 Dec 2007, 15:06
Have a question on Visa which I hope some internationals in the club can answer :

If I am on L1 Visa for the 4 years and then attend B-School full-time, how many years can I work in H1 (post B-school)...hope it is the max period of 6 years and not 2 years.

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07 Dec 2007, 15:12
I think you are right, but you are better off asking this question on http://www.immigrationportal.com
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07 Dec 2007, 15:14
I am on L1 too. As far as I know, if you want 6 years on H1, you'll have to go back to your country, stay for 1 year and reapply for H1.

In your case, H1 will be valid for 2 years. But, try to confirm from immigrationportal.
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07 Dec 2007, 15:24
Would companies know that you only have 2 years available on the H1? Just a thought, but they may not want to sponsor someone if they only can stay for a couple years. Might make sense to think about applying to a few European schools because then you could come back for the full 6 years.
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07 Dec 2007, 15:43
You can work for 6 years on a work visa

4 on L1 + 2 H1B

Cheers
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07 Dec 2007, 15:53
yo oz----whats that pic in your avatar?
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07 Dec 2007, 15:58
i have had to do some work with visas. My best advice is to contact a consulate and ask them the questions. they tend to be fairly responsive. Another tactic is to contact a consulate of a small country where they are not bombarded by e-mail...
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07 Dec 2007, 16:27
Interesting topic that you have started.. I have finished my first 3 yr tenure for H1B and actually applying for an extension..

So would this mean that if i go to school in 2008, then i will not be eligible to work in US?
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07 Dec 2007, 18:56
The only way out of it that I know is if you "spontaneously" fall in love and marry someone!
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07 Dec 2007, 19:11
I confirmed with a fellow International student that once you switch to F1 and subs. go into H1, your previous stay during L1 does not count.

But to really really make sure, I am going to call USCIS on Monday.

Thanks.

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07 Dec 2007, 19:12
Oops.. maybe i shud include this in my MBA goals..This throws everything in a new light
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07 Dec 2007, 19:15
Seriously all your immigration questions can be answered better on immigration portal. There are some gurus there

ToDoOrnot, assuming you are going to school in 2008, you would would have completed 4 years on your H1. You will still have two more years left. Additionally, if you did not do your Master's in the US (and already use your OPT) you will get an additional year on OPT(Optional Practical Training).

Keep in mind that if the economy is decent in the US when you graduate, most employers will be willing to sponsor your green card along with your H1. If your green card is getting sponsored by your company, you can keep renewing the H1 visa past the 6 year limit - unless you lose your job in which case you will need to find another company willing to sponsor your immigration.

So, short answer, yes, you will be eligible to work in the US, under certain conditions.
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10 Dec 2007, 09:31
Called the State dept and got it confirmed that you can stay for full 6 years after studying.

Only if you were moving directly from L1 to H1 does the L1 exp count.

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10 Dec 2007, 10:52
sperinko wrote:
Called the State dept and got it confirmed that you can stay for full 6 years after studying.

Only if you were moving directly from L1 to H1 does the L1 exp count.

http://sivaofperinkolam.blogspot.com

finally some good news!
10 Dec 2007, 10:52
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