L1B to H1B


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My case is bit complicated and any opinion in this regards will be sincerely appreciated.

I used to work with company A on L1 visa. For better prospects I decided to apply for H1B thru some consulting firm (Company B). Fortunately my application was selected and approved, My H1B is valid from 16-Jan2012 to Oct-2014.

After receiving H1B approval, I started searching for job and got selected by Company C (direct client of Company B). based on assurance from Company C, I resigned from Company A and my last working day was on 31 Jan 2012.

I was about to start my new job from 01-Feb, but at last moment the project got scraped and now I am jobless :(

I have following questions:

  • I have been told that there is 60 days grace period and I can hunt for new job till 16 March 2012 without running my payroll. Is this correct?

  • Can I change my H1B employer (Company B) despite of not working for him for a single day? ( If yes, will my last two pay stubs from company A be sufficient to apply for H1B transfer? Or do I need pay stub from Company B, who is my original H1B employer? )

  • If I don’t get job till 16 Mar 2012, apart from going back to my home country, Do I have any other options?

Thank you in advance for your time and opinion.

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