Maybe, maybe not. The problem here is that maternity leave in the US does not last 2 years.
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It depends when in 2008 you I129 was approved.
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I agree with my colleague. It depends on the approval date. Have your employer's attorney review the facts of your situation and advise you on your options.
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It is contradictory when you say you maintained status but never worked. While on H-1B you are to work for your employer.
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