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Hi,
My I94 expires on 30-Oct 2011. My employer has applied with USCIS since 10-Oct. However i have not yet received the Receipt Number from them. Could you please advise if i can still continue to stay in US without the receipt number from USCIS.

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Hi,

It typically takes 2 to 3 weeks to receive the receipt notice by mail from the USCIS after filing. Your employer (or the attorney who prepared the H1B petition) will receive the receipt notice. You can continue to remain legally in the U.S. since the H1B petition was filed prior to expiration of your I-94. In addition, if this was extension of H1B status (either through the same employer or a different employer) you can continue to be employed (for up to 240 days) by the H1B employer while waiting for H1B petition to be approved. Additional general information is here: www.h1b1.com/concurrent.htm

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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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