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My H1B visa is expiring 8/30/2013, that is the 6 year term is done on 8/30/2013. I went to my home country on 9/16/2012,

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And stayed there ever since. Therefore I didn't actually used the last year approved on my H1B. My question is if I got a job offer this November, can I have the employer extend my H1B from 11/2013 to 11/2014? Or do I have to apply for a new H1B, since cap-gap is a problem, so I am worried that to apply for a new H1B is not practical. I am a China National, and I have never filed any green card petition.

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  1. You can use the remainder time- or if you stay outside the US for one year, you can restart the clock and obtain 6 more years in H-1.

    Contact me at or at 240-395-1506. This response is provided for informational purposes. I cannot provide legal advice specific to the facts of your particular case without a signed contract in which you have agreed to allow me to represent you.

  2. You can either use the time remaining on your H1-b or leave the US for a year and restart your 6 year clock.

    Alexus P. Sham (917) 498-9009. The above information is only general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship.

  3. You should not be subject to cap, and you can do either of the two.

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