I have an approved H1B petition & visa stamped on my passport . Issue Date = 16 Nov 2006 Expiry Date = 19 Sep 2009 I never traveled on this visa & was in India all throughout . No I - 94's stamped as part of this visa In 2010 an L1B was filed by another firm & I traveled on that visa to US & am currently in US with them on this visa Issue Date = 14 Oct 2010 Expiry Date = 19 Sp 2012 I am looking forward to work on H1B . I have following questions in my mind : - Can I use my old H1B petition & get transferred to H1B status - If yes , will the Annual cap be applicable to this scenario / not - Is there any time - based restrictions on this renewal / transfer wherein I can perform this renewal only within 6 yrs of issue date of my old H1B - How long will this procedure take
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If you never used the old H-1B you have to apply for a new one and be CAP subject. Any time spent in the US on an L-1B must re deducted from the 6 year maximum of the H-1B. To apply for an H-1B usually takes 4-5 months or if you pay extra and use the premium processing option it takes 15 days.