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  • L1 B and H1B confusion

    Hi ,

    It might be a common query but excuse me for the same. I wanted to have some clarity around the situation am in right now.
    I work with company A and during the early part of the year , i was supposed to come to US on L1. at the same time company B applied for my H1 in April 08 and it got approved.
    Meanwhile L1 processing from Company A worked out and i travelled to US in August 2008.
    My prospective H1 employer (company B ) has not got back to me except that i have been given a EAC number which when searched on USCIS says approvals notice has been sent to address ( prob. company B address). All this has happened while i was in india and this is the first time i have travelled to US.
    Now my I94 is stamped for 3 yrs with company A.
    I wanted to know till when i can work with Company A. I know on OCT 1'2008 the H1 will become valid.
    i would preferably would want to work with company A till atleast July 09 next year. Is it possible?
    Am not sure about Change of Status (COS) as H1 was filed while am still in India. My Company B fellow doesnt know am in US yet.
    Any suggestions on my state. Are my fears true abt necessarily needing to change to employer B by October? If so , what are the options i might have?
    Please do help. Thanks in advance.

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    If your H1b was applied while you were outside the US, your H1b is NOT a COS and you can continue to work on L1.

    I am not a lawyer and you need to consult with one to validate any info posted on the forum and discuss your case specifics. H1b Question? Read the FAQ first.