L1A TO H1 VISA - WHAT'S THE PROCEDURE

Asked over 1 year ago - Houston, TX

I need to know is it possible to transfer from L1A to H1 Visa while person is in UNITED STATES. What are the documents/requirements required to gain. also what will be the total years before a person will get green card thru H1.

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  1. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . As a general rule, yes, a person is entitled to change status while in the US. In this particular situation, however, there are no more H-1B visas available until October 1, 2014.

    The H-1B category, just like the L-1A allows for "dual intent" and an individual in either one of these categories can have an immigrant visa petition filed on their behalf while on either L1A or H-1B categories. The fact that an immigrant visa has been filed or is pending will not be an impediment to change, extend or renew status.

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more
  2. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . Your employer files the required petition. The earliest that an H-1B petition can be filed is April 1, 2014, and the earliest you can be on H-1b is October 1, 2014.

    Your employer needs to retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise them, and handle the case. Your employer can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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