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  • Subramanya
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    H1 and being Laid off

    Replies to my post regarding what to do after being laid off was that one should transfer from H1B to B2 ( visitor visa ) asap. On a B2, one can then continue to search for jobs, and can apply for transfer back to H1 after finding a new job.

    I wanted to ask further if -

    1) This transfer of H1 to B2 can be done while being in US? Do i need to leave country & re-enter? Also how long does this process takes?

    ---- No need to leave the country. 3-4 weeks

    2) What if I find a new job in the mean while? Can i apply immediately for a transfer from B2 to H1?

    ---- NO, you will be applying for a transfer from H1 to H1. B2 is only to continue your stay within the US

    3) Does this have any negative affect when i apply later for a green card?

    ---- NO

    4) Is this the best alternative after loosing a job in case if one is optimistic of getting a new job within 4-6 weeks?

    ---- If you find a better alternative go for it

    Subramanya

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  • kitgzz
    started a topic Job loss / laid off : H1B

    Job loss / laid off : H1B

    Replies to my post regarding what to do after being laid off was that one should transfer from H1B to B2 ( visitor visa ) asap. On a B2, one can then continue to search for jobs, and can apply for transfer back to H1 after finding a new job.

    I wanted to ask further if -

    1) This transfer of H1 to B2 can be done while being in US? Do i need to leave country & re-enter? Also how long does this process takes?
    2) What if I find a new job in the mean while? Can i apply immediately for a transfer from B2 to H1?
    3) Does this have any negative affect when i apply later for a green card?
    4) Is this the best alternative after loosing a job in case if one is optimistic of getting a new job within 4-6 weeks?
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