FIRST ... your friend should talk to the company's LAWYER ... not a non-attorney in HR.
SECOND, what type of GC are you talking about? There is no connection from L-1B to a GC.
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There are several legal strategies your friend may contemplate. The right way is to meet with an experienced immigration visa attorney in the area to establish a plan of action taylored to the specific needs of the selected legal option.
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No, he is not permitted to work while a change of status from L-1B to H-1B is in progress.
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I concur with the Professore.
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Options depend on facts. One of your friends, the one that asks this question should schedule a consultation with an immigraiton attorney. L1B does not lead to a green card. The fact that PERM is filed makes no difference in terms of staying in this country, which is not possible on L1B status beyond the tenure. The employer of your friend, yes, that one, should have hired an immigration attorney long ago. This way, your friend, would not have eded in the predicament he or she is now.
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He would need to discuss that with an attorney, and not through a friend on a public forum.
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He can change status to H1. However, H quota opens next April. He will need to stay in valid status till then. Else he can leave, get the H stamped and return in Oct 2014. Cannot continue to stay just because 140 is approved.
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Your friend should consult with an experienced immigration attorney in his area.
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