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Asked on: 4/13/09, 1:04 pm

Visa conversion from L1B to H1B

hi there,

Letís say company X has filed for my H1B visa this year for converting me from L1B to H1B.

I have following 3 questions.

1) During my H1B decision is pending, can I travel outside US?

2) Let's say my H1B petition is approved on May-15-2009. Can I travel outside US after May 15 till Oct-1st (I assume my H1 will start from OCT 1st?)

3) If answer to question # 2 is YES - letís say; I go on vacation outside US from July-20th till Aug 20th. My current L1B visa has also expired but I do have an L1B extension valid till June 12th 2010. So if I go out of US on July 20th, I need to go for L1B visa stamping and I will re-enter US on Aug 20th on L1B visa valid till June 12th - 2010. (provided my L1B stamping was successful)

But from Oct-1st onwards, I will be on H1B; So do I have to go outside US again and get my H1B stamped and re-enter US with successful H1B stamping after Oct-1st?

Also looking for hiring an immigration lawyer for my green card processing.

Sincerely appreciate any reply...

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