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How much time it takes for COS to H4 from L1B ?

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My LIB VISA and I94 will expire on 30 March 2013 . My employer has filed L1 B extension and I got REF on that . I am not confident that L1 B extension will be approved therefore after I file REF response i am planning to go for COS to H4 so that I don't go out of status and then from H4 I can go ahead and file H1 . I want to know how much time it takes for COS to H4 from L1B as i want to work maximum number of days before I go for H4 . Also is is possible that I e - file H4 application work till I get verdict on my L1 B extension and after that only submit documents required for H4 . in case L1 gets rejected I will not be out of status as I have already files H4 application and if L1 gets approved I can withdraw H4 application .

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It's impossible to tell since your H4 can only be approved if the L1b extension is granted. Generally, it is not a good idea to file multiple applications, all pending at the same time, to try to cover all possible bases.

The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.


Estimated processing times are always as posted on the USCIS website.

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I agree with my colleagues.

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