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Can I be on US payroll while awaiting H1B extension outside US ?

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  • Can I be on US payroll while awaiting H1B extension outside US ?

    Me and my family are stuck in India and unable to return to US due to the ongoing Corona Virus situation. We have an infant and hence can't risk travel until situation becomes normal. Hence flying for next 2-3 months is ruled out. Our kids are US citizens by birth.
    My H1B visa and wife's H4 visa stamp in passport (and current I-797) are valid till 29th May 2020.
    My immigration department of my employer says that they'll need to give me a temporary India offer while I wait for H1B extension's approval AND get a new visa stamp from US embassy in India. Premium processing has been suspended as of now.

    Questions:
    * Is there any clause under which I can still be on US payroll ?
    * Why is the employer talking about India salary ? Is it due to taxation rules (IRS) OR due to immigration (USCIS) rules ?
    * Will going to off of US payroll and to Indian salary for few months adversely affect H1b extension OR GC processing ?
    * Would you advise me emailing USCIS/CBP about this citing exceptional worldwide situation and asking for permission to enter US while H1B extension is going on ?
    * My employer also mentioned that they'll ask for 'Consular Notification'. What does that mean ?
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