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  • CONFUSED... H1B 6 years limit... HELP

    Hi,

    I got my first H1B visa on July 1999 and came into US on Aus 1999 for my first job. Last year I changed my employer and I recently received my new H1B approval valid till Nov 2006.

    Just confused how the 6 year limit works??? My 6 years of H1B should be over by Aus 2005 but my new approval allows me to stay more than 7 years on H1B. Will I be violating if I stay more than 6 years even if I have valid H1B approval

    PLEASE HELP!!!!

  • #2
    Hi,

    I got my first H1B visa on July 1999 and came into US on Aus 1999 for my first job. Last year I changed my employer and I recently received my new H1B approval valid till Nov 2006.

    Just confused how the 6 year limit works??? My 6 years of H1B should be over by Aus 2005 but my new approval allows me to stay more than 7 years on H1B. Will I be violating if I stay more than 6 years even if I have valid H1B approval

    PLEASE HELP!!!!

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    • #3
      Hello. You are correct. Your maximum stay would end in July 2005... You should bring up the new H-1B dates with the attorney who did the H on your behalf so that they may request an amendment. If you were to stay with the H-1B with the wrong date you would be violating your status, even if the new H-1B date technically extends your stay. This happens all the time. It is best that your employer file an amended H so that you don't run the risk of overstaying your visa, thus jeopardizing your future immigration chances.

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      • #4
        Thanks a lot for you response

        Was wondering when the H1B 6 year limit clock starts

        1)From the start date mentioned in the first I-797 approval (April 1999)
        2) The day the first H1B visa was stamped in the passport (July 1999)
        3) The day I first entered US (Aug 1999)

        Thanks again

        Originally posted by NYCImmParalegal:

        Hello. You are correct. Your maximum stay would end in July 2005... You should bring up the new H-1B dates with the attorney who did the H on your behalf so that they may request an amendment. If you were to stay with the H-1B with the wrong date you would be violating your status, even if the new H-1B date technically extends your stay. This happens all the time. It is best that your employer file an amended H so that you don't run the risk of overstaying your visa, thus jeopardizing your future immigration chances.

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        • #5
          H-1B clock starts from the day you enter the US in that status (Aug 1999).

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