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Is my specific case eligible for cap exempt application?

Columbus, OH |

I had an H1b valid from 05- 08. Specifically I worked on the h1b from 06 - June 07 i.e I was in h1b status till June 07, after which I left the US. Few questions

1. On April 1st can I file a cap exempt petition instead of a cap petition , which would allow me an immediate start date ?
2. Can I filed a cap exempt petition even after June 13, which is 6 yrs plus my last day in h1 status? Some of my friends tell me I cannot since it would be more than 6 yrs.
3. What about my initial petition approval date ,Its 2005 , does it matter in the remainder option?Or the last day in the US in enough to claim cap exemption?

Attorney Answers 3

  1. You appear to be outside of the 6 year 'window' from 05 to 11. With that said, an attorney might be able to re-capture some of your 'unused' time.

    If so, there is no need to wait until April 1st to file.

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  2. I agree with Atty Capriotti.

  3. Since you left the US in 2007 and I assume you have not returned, you have more than one continuous year outside the US. You may have to file for H-1B under the 2014 cap or seek employment with a cap exempt employer.


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