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Seshadri Saripalli

L2 EAD to H1 Conversion & Max Out

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I came to the States in April 2014 on L2 EAD and was employed. My employer filed for H1 B visa which got approved in October 2015. Will my 6 years of stay be counted from from the start date of my H1 or will my L2 EAD time will also be included?

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On 10/3/2018 at 6:26 PM, pontevecchio said:

L2 EAD time is delinked from H1 time. So is H4. So you will be entitled to the full 6 years in total.

Thank you for the confirmation! A snip from ******* which says the same:


Change of Status

L-2 visa holders are allowed to change their non-immigrant status to others such as B-1, B-2, H-1, H-4 (provided the primary visa holder will be on H1 visa) or even L-1. 

In case you decide to change your status to H-1 visa or L visa later, the time you have already spent in the U.S. on L-2 visa will not be counted towards the maximum duration allowed on H-1B visa or L visa. 

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