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Hi,

I am working for company A on L1. Company B applied for H1 with COS and the case is pending. My L1 expires on Oct-31-2008 and company A is preparing to apply L1 extension.

my questions

1. Assume that H1 approved this month, what will happen to L1 extension and what will be my status on Oct-1-2008?

2. If L1 extension is approved before H1 then what happens to my status on Oct-1-2008.

3.I understand that once H1 is approved my status will change to H1 on Oct-1-2008. But if the L1 extension goes for approval after that what happens?

I can't tell company A to hold my L1 extension since my H1 status is not approved.

Thanks
Ragu

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Ragu,
Answers:

1) Assume that H1 approved this month, what will happen to L1 extension and what will be my status on Oct-1-2008?
From Oct 1st, 2008 your status will be H-1B. The extension will not be valid since the L-1B will no longer be an extension since you would have changed to H in the meantime.

2. If L1 extension is approved before H1 then what happens to my status on Oct-1-2008.

Same as above.

3.I understand that once H1 is approved my status will change to H1 on Oct-1-2008. But if the L1 extension goes for approval after that what happens?

See answer 1.

Sincerely,
Ramasamy Krishnan
www.ashleykrishnan.com

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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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