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I was laid off in October 2013. I immediately applied for a change of status to B2 to give me time to find a new job and to stay in the US legally. I found a new job and the employer filed for an H-1B petition under premium processing this week. Meanwhile, my I-539 application had still not been adjudicated. I noticed online today that my I-539 B2 change of status application has now changed from "initial review" to "requesting additional evidence". I noticed the update to my I-539 B2 change of status application just one day after my employer filed my new H-1B petition. I am wondering if the request for additional evidence on the I-539 B2 change of status application (I haven't received the formal letter yet) will impact my H-1B petition or if both applications are handled independently?From speaking to attorneys, I understand that change of status to B2 is commonly used as a bridge to allow enough time to leave the country or find new employment after a layoff. I am not sure the attorneys who responded to my question understood the question. I was wondering if there are any others who can share their insight?