Immigration Issues/L1 to H1 transfer

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Hi,

I entered US on L1B visa from company A and Company B had applied for my H1B visa. I did not want to join Company B on Oct 1st 2007, since the project from company A needed me.
Since I had to stay for more that 60 days with company A, I went to Canada and got my L1 Visa stamped.

Now in January 2008, I want to move to company B and to H1B status. How should I change to company B. Is it mandatory to get my visa stamped to override L1 with H1 status or there any papers that I can submit to change the status in U.S. itself?

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Kondala.

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Hi,

In order to work for Co. B, you can either go to a U.S. Consulate outside the U.S. and enter the U.S. on H-1B visa stamp, or you can have Co. B file another H-1B petition for you requesting change of status from L1 to H-1B. When the petition is approved, you can join Co. B.

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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