Immigration Issues/L1 to H1B

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I am in L1 Status. My L1 ends Oct 2012. My assignment with my company ends June 2012. I want to change to H1B. What options do I have to maintain legal status and also work for another employer on H1B. Can you please advice?

Thanks,
J.

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Hi,

Due to visa cap issues, the H1B petition can be filed no earlier than April 01, 2012, and the employment start date cannot be earlier than Oct. 01, 2012.

You must maintain valid nonimmigrant status (such as L1 status) until Oct. 01, but this is possible only if you are employed by the L1 employer until the end of September. Since your employment will end of June, 2012, you should change to another status (such as B1/B2 visitor status) by filing a change of status application with the USCIS effective June, 2012 until Oct. 2012.

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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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