Layoff on H1-B (30 days/60 day grace period remaining); Assessing my options

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I am on an H1-B visa and was recently laid off. I have 30 days of the 60 day grace period remaining but a new role has not yet materialized. I’d like to extend the time I have available to look for new roles or wrap up my affairs while staying in the US. I have an H1-B visa stamp already (valid thru 2023) - so ideally I don’t mind making a quick trip out of the country and returning if needed (without having to get a new stamp). I would prefer NOT to have to get a new H1-B visa stamp.

I do not have the option to go on an H4 or F1, but I have read about transferring to a B2 status. However, I am a little confused as seems if it is not adjudicated in time and I find a new role, it could be a problem.

Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks!

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Having a valid H1B stamp does NOT allow you to re-enter US unless you are actively employed by the H1B petitioner. You can however use the visa stamp to re-enter if have a bonafide employment offer from a new employer along with an approved H1B petition from that new employer.

I am not sure of the B2 status option....maybe other advanced members can help clarify.

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