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My H1B expires by 31st dec 2007 and i have applied for extension and the application status is received and being processed .

My doubts are

1. Could I change my employer whenever i receive my H1 approval letter ?

2. Is there any condition that i have to get my visa stamped during at the time of change of employer ? or else approval letter is enough ?

3. Any chance of my holidays spent in native country be calculated and added in the second span of h1 approval or else i need to apply for that separately?
 

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Hi,

You can change your employer anytime. You can also have multiple H-1B approval notices, and as long as you are working for at least one of those employers you continue to maintain H-1B status.

A valid visa stamp is required only for entry to the U.S. from foreign travel abroad. Therefore, the H-1B approval notice from the USCIS is enough to continue to remain and work legally in the U.S.

Yes, you can recapture time spent abroad. However, the H-1B approval will be valid only for maximum of 3 years at one time (there is an aggregate of six years allowed in H-1B status).

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.h1b1.com

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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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