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03-12-2015, 05:44 AM
Hi Experts,

I am in India (host country). and I don't have any US work visa right now.

I am working in company X, which wants to send to US on L1B. There is another company Y, which wants to process my H1B. Both these process may go in parallel if I start those.
H1B petition will be filed under "cable notification' type and not under 'change of status' type, assuming I am and will be in India till October 2015.

I have few questions in this regard.
1. Am I allowed to do this processing in parallel? in particular, will it affect my chance of one of the visas getting approved seeing that I have applied for 2 visas at the same time?
2. My L1B will be stamped first for sure. Because, H1b lottery will take some time. By that time and if I am selected in lottery, I will be in US on L1B. After getting selected in lottery, will my status automatically change from L1 to H1?
3. I am assuming it wont change automatically, unless I come to India to give visa stamping interview. In this situation, Do I necessarily have to India for getting the visa stamped?
4. If I decide to stay with company X (L1 visa) and don't get visa stamped for H1, then am I allowed to do that? Also, in this case will my H1 petition (which is selected in lottery, but no further processing done) be still valid if I decide to join company Y, say next year?

Appreciate any suggestions/answers on my queries.


03-13-2015, 12:29 AM
need this a bit urgently. appreciate if some expert can reply.

Thanks in advance