I have a PhD degree in STEM from a US university. I had H1B visa when I worked in USA. I had H1B almost three years visa stamped on my passport: from December-30-2009 till July-30-2012.
I only used almost two years and 3 months, as I left USA to my country on leave without pay in August 2011 and then totally left my USA job on March 1 of 2012.
I have been outside USA since August 2011, more than a year. I did not use 3 years and 9 month of my H1B visa.
- Am I eligible to use the H1B remaining period (almost four years) and avoid re-applying for new H1B and be subject to cap?
- If I am eligible, does timing matter and does filing under H1B remainder happen only once a year? Or can I start working in the US any time as long as I have an employment letter?