H1B duration after staying 2.5 years on L1B in US

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6 years minus 2.5 years.

The clock only resets if you are outside the US for at least a year and then a new H1 in the quota is FILED. According to your timeline, you haven't been a year abroad in April.

Date of entry doesn't matter, date of filing matters.

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6 hours ago, pontevecchio said:

You can only apply for a cap subject H1 on April, 2019 onwards . You can apply anytime before to claim your remainder of 3.5 years.

The OP can apply for a cap-subject H1 in April 2018. He just only would get 3.5 years. He is not cap-exempt n cause he had am L1, not an H1.

He can only get the full 6 years if he applies next year.

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