My L1-A visa is expiring in Mar 2015 and need to apply extension.
My I-94 is valid till Sep-2017
Question: Is it the case that I can apply for extension only 6 months before I-94 expiry.
Can you please advice is there any way to apply this sooner since otherwise after Feb 2015 It will not be possible for me to travel to my home country in case of any situation. Till 2017 is a very long period to apply extension.
Appreciate your help on this.
Please check with your employer's lawyer, as obtaining extensions for L1-A status is not a simple matter.
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These questions should be posed to your employer's immigration lawyer.
No, you cannot have the employer apply any sooner than 6 months prior to the expiry date.
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You are confusing the visa stamp (stamp on your passport) with status in US (governed by I-94/approval notice). Visa Stamp can only be obtained outside of US, at US Consulate. So if you have valid status until 2017, you cannot apply for extension in US until 6 months before. Reason - It is unnecessary. Now whenever you choose to travel, you need to have a valid stamp to return. And stamp can only be obtained at consulate. Discuss all this with your attorney who got the case approved.
If your I-94 is valid until September 2017 and your L-1 employment remains valid, then you can remian in the U.S. in a lawful nonimmigrant status even after your L-1 visa (stamp) expires in March 2015. You cannot apply for a renewal of your visa within the U.S. but the next time you travel abroad, you can apply for a new L-1 visa (stamp) in your passport at a U.S. consulate abroad. Please contact your company's immigration attorney to discuss this further.
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