If my registration is selected in the lottery, can I travel after the H1B petition is filed?


If you are in the U.S. when the H1B petition is filed, the petition generally will be filed requesting a change of status. If you travel before the petition is approved, the status request will be abandoned, and the petition typically can be approved only for consular notification. (i.e., You generally would need to take the approved petition to a consular post, get an H1B visa “stamp,” and then return with the visa and the approved petition to be admitted in H1B status.) (13.Mar.2024)

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