H1 expired, Travel while extension is Pending


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My H1 expired a week ago, however extension was filed - in regular processing - more than a month ago. I'm upgrading to premium but it could be at least 3 months, considering the number of RFEs issued nowadays.


Can I travel to India - without any issues - if there is any emergency, while the application is still in process with USCIS? 

Will the extension be denied? 

If the extension approval isn't an issue, can I have the original I797 mailed to India, so that I can get the Stamping done and come back? 




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