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Hi,
I have got my L2 but from my husband's L1 who is in US now. I couldn't travel with him that time. Now, I have got H1B from my employer. But, I am not sure when I will be traveling.

Below are my questions:
1. Can I have both the VISA's in force?
2. If I travel on L2 now, will my H1 be invalidated or If I travel on H1, will my L2 be invalidated?

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Padmaja,
If the H-1B petition was filed as a change of status you will become a H-1B visa holder from the  effective start date. If it was not filed as change of status then you continue to be in L-2 visa until you leave the country and reenter the US on H visa.

You cannot have two statuses at the same time. Travel does not invalidate any visas.

Sincerely,
Ramasamy Krishnan
www.ashleykrishnan.com

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Ramasamy Krishnan

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Immigration particularly business immigration and National Interest Waivers.

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I have over 7 years of experience in all facets of immigration law. Specifically focusing on filing of National Interest Waivers (NIW), Alien of Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researchers/Professors petitions for Ph.D's and other advanced degree professionals. I have also assisted clients in numerous PERM, H-1b, L and other nonimmigrant visa applications. I am a partner at the law firm Ashley & Krishnan, www.ashleykrishnan.com

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