Is it possible to change to H1B status after completing 5 years in L1A status?


Yes, but thought must be given to the H1B timing. The L-1 time counts against the H1B six-year limit. So, a person who spent 5 years in L1A status would typically only have one year of H1B time available. The H-1 could be extended beyond the 6 years if there was a qualifying GC filing. And, of course, to move to H1B status, the individual would generally have to be counted against the H1B cap. (30.Nov.2015)

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