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01-11-2010, 11:36 PM

My L1 visa is expiring in May,2010 and my I-94 is valid till May,2011

Can I stay in US till May , 2011, If so do I need to inform USICS or anyone ?

Also ,
My petition cannot be extended because I have completed my 5 yrs but in L1 is there a way to claim the TimeAway from US , the time in this 5 yrs I have stayed in india.

Thanks in advance

01-12-2010, 02:28 AM
With L1B you can work only for 5 years at a stretch. Beyond that time, you need to be outside the US for one year before being eligible for another 5 years of stay in L1B status. If you are in L1A status, then that period is 7 years.

As of my knowledge, the approval of extension for recapturing the time spent outside U.S for a L1 visa holder is less compared to H1B. However, it is still an option and your company attorney can submit a summary of travel and the number of days spent out of the U.S. along with supporting documentation such as photocopies of passport stamps, Form I-94 arrival/departure records, plane tickets etc to USCIS while applying for the extension based on the time spent outside U.S.

01-12-2010, 11:00 AM
Thanks for the answer but Can i stay in US as long as my I-94 is valid though my Visa has expired ?

01-12-2010, 11:43 AM
Yes, of course.
Visa is just an entry permit. Once you enter, nobody cares about visa. I-94 is what matters.

05-26-2010, 02:31 PM

I have a similar scenario where I travelled to US after almost 9 months of my L1B being stamped. My 5 years of L1B is going to be completed at the end of this year. Could I be eligible to file for another extension based upon my initial 9 month period in India and another 4 month period in India during the work tenure at US?


05-26-2010, 04:23 PM
Compared to H1B, it is very hard to recapture the dates on L1. However, you can give it a try. The success rate is less.

05-26-2010, 05:09 PM
Thanks for this info.

So in this case would you suggest to file H1 thru my company which should take the period outside of US into account?


05-26-2010, 11:51 PM
I am not sure if that is possible. However, you can get an extension for another 1 year if you apply H1B, since you have only completed only 5 years.

05-28-2010, 02:16 PM

My 3 year L1B visa will expire early next year. How soon shall I apply for an extension? How long does it take to get the extension?


05-28-2010, 02:22 PM
You can apply 6 months in advance of the current I-94 expiry date. It will take at least 2-3 months for the extension to go through via the normal process and 15 days by premium.

05-28-2010, 02:43 PM
Thanks Shervin