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Old 06-30-2009, 10:12 AM
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Default What's the better strategy: H1 or L1?

I worked on an L1b in the US for 4 years. Because my company wouldn't sponsor me for a green card, I decided to switch to another company that offered to sponsor me for permanent residency and employ me in Europe in the meantime. Unfortunately, the PERM was audited and the legal entity that applied for the PERM is being dismantled as the result of an acqusition.

As a next step, the company could sponsor me for an L1 (not sure if L1a is possible, otherwise L1b) or an H1, but it's unlikely they'll sponsor me again for a green card soon. I also have an offer from another company, who'd offer to sponsor me for an H1 and possibly for a green card later on.

Since my spouse has a green card (same sex couple, therefore no family green card possible), I would very much like to return to my home in the U.S.

Which one is the safer option - L1x + H1 or H1 + green card? I have two bachelor degrees and 13 years of specialized experience but no masters degree. Any other advice for my situation?

Thanks!
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