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Can I still work for my employer if my L1A visa extension is denied?

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My company filed a Blanket L1 petition for me in 2010. I got 3 years of stay in a L1A. They have file for a renewal 2 weeks ago, premium processing, but we haven't received a response yet. I'm very worried since I'm reading that most extensions are being denied lately. In the meantime, my I-94 and visa expire 06/08 (a little less than a month). My questions are:
- If we receive a response this week and the extension is denied, can my company file a new petition under a different visa category (L1B or H1B)?
- If I need to leave the US, can I still work for my employer and maintain my current position working from my home country? I have a B1/B2 visa too valid for 10 years (until 2018), can I travel under that visa if no alternatives are possible and my L1 is already expired?

Thank you!

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Provided you are still in a valid nonimmigrant status when the extension is denied, yes, but not to H1B since as a general matter, that opportunity has gone for this year already unless your employer is CAP except.
    Your working in your home country has nothing to do with US immigration law. I assume you are allowed to work in your country. If you are not, then it is not really "your" country and my answer is then - no.
    No, you cannot travel on B1-B2 visas to work for the employer. those visas do not carry permission to work.

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  2. You may work for your employer outside United States. You may also apply for L1b as long as you are in status when you apply. The H1B is no longer available this fiscal year


  3. If you work outside U.S., the idea of immigration status doesn't exist for you.

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