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  • L1b blanket i129s expiring i94 valid can I work?

    Hi,

    I am currently on L1B blanket with visa and i129s expiring in 6 months but i94 is valid beyond that..

    L1B Visa: expiring Nov 2020
    Blanket petition: valid indefinitely
    i129s: expiring Oct 2020
    i94: valid till Jan 2022

    Can I continue to work based on valid i94 or do I need to extend the i129s ?

    Is it possible to extend the i129s even though the i94 is valid?

    Please provide inputs.

  • #2
    I94 give you stay only - You can stay in USA as long as your I94 is not expired, but I94 does not give you work authorization.

    To work in USA, you need a valid petition in hand. Blanket petition is issued to company, but when a visa is issued to an individual, it usually has a PED mentioned (should be Oct 2020 as per your I129S) & that will be expiry date for your petition & work authority.

    You don't need a valid visa to continue staying in USA, you'll need to renew it if you leave USA & re-enter after Nov 2020.
    - I am not an Attorney, hence not giving any legal advice. Just sharing MY opinion with an intent to help others.

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    • #3
      Thanks Libra_14

      The PED mentioned in my visa was the end date of the L1 blanket petition (Nov 2019). The company renewed their blanket petition and now its valid indefinitely.

      I used the renewed blanket petition (valid indefinitely) and I-129S (expiring in Oct 2020) to re-enter US last year. At that time I was given an I-94 valid til Jan 2022.

      On some other posts I read I-129S extension cannot be filed before 6 months of I-94 expiry.

      If true I will NOT be able to file for i129S extension before Jun 2021 ?


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      • #4
        Originally posted by visa.buddy View Post
        I used the renewed blanket petition (valid indefinitely) and I-129S (expiring in Oct 2020) to re-enter US last year. At that time I was given an I-94 valid til Jan 2022.
        So you can stay in USA till Jan 2022, but can work till Oct 2020 only.
        Originally posted by visa.buddy View Post
        On some other posts I read I-129S extension cannot be filed before 6 months of I-94 expiry.
        Not 100% sure, but yes you cannot file before 6 months of expiry.
        Originally posted by visa.buddy View Post
        If true I will NOT be able to file for i129S extension before Jun 2021 ?
        Right.
        - I am not an Attorney, hence not giving any legal advice. Just sharing MY opinion with an intent to help others.

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