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I am working with Company A on L1 and my visa is valid till 2010. Howver I applied for H1 through Company B and also got it approved. My H1 has been filed as the one which needs consular processing. My queries are:-
1) Starting from October will I be out of status if i continue to work with Company A which has my L1. Is it a compulsion that I should work with H1 company from October?
2) From the previous threads i understood that to work for H1 employer i need to apply for COS. Can i apply for COS now under normal processing and convert the same one to premium processing later depending on my stay in US?

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Vinay,

1) Starting from October will I be out of status if i continue to work with Company A which has my L1. Is it a compulsion that I should work with H1 company from October?
Since your H was filed requiring consular processing, you cannot work for Company B without a valid H visa or approval of change of status from L to H. So you can continue working for your L employer.



2) From the previous threads i understood that to work for H1 employer i need to apply for COS. Can i apply for COS now under normal processing and convert the same one to premium processing later depending on my stay in US?

Your employer can do this.

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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