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Travel to India after H1B COS has been approved

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Hi, my current L1B visa is valid till April, 2014 and the H1B COS has been approved and i have received my petitions.

I need to travel back home on emergency from second week of August to Mid of September.

Can i travel on my valid visa and come back in September without any stamping to be done.

Please suggest.

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Why is it that the visa stamp makes people cringe? There are whole paragraphs on the USCIS site which lay down what documentation is appropriate to show in case of layers and a Lawyer should be able to help out here. Get the visa if at all possible. Otherwise you may be able to return in any case. What about notice?

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I am with the same employer. So there is no notice involved. Its just change of status.

The timeframe i am travelling is only till mid of September and i believe i cannot enter US if my stamping has been done till Oct 1st ?

So, once i get my H1B Stamping done, won't my L1B be terminated and i will need to wait until Oct 1st for H1B to be effective?

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You can enter the USA up to 10 days before the H1 kicks in. You should also be able to return based on the L1 visa as your status will be H1 from October,1. Make sure your company knows that this what you are doing.

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