Current Status L1-Blanket, but H1 also approved without I-94


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Hi, I am working in US for company A on L1-Blanket visa, same company has also filed my H1, which got approved without I-94 and COS. So now, Can I continue my L1 status till the validity of my current I-94(Mar-2012) or do I need to go back to India and get my H1B stamping and again come back as H1B status?

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Generally, when an individual’s H1B petition has been approved but without an attached I-94, the H1B status will not take effect until the individual has entered the U.S. at a point of entry pursuant to the approved H1B petition. Therefore, if an individual is already in the U.S. in a different valid status that individual will need to leave and reenter prior to commencing employment pursuant to the approved H1B petition. For a more detailed discussion regarding your personal circumstances and long-term immigration goals, please consult a qualified U.S. immigration attorney.

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