Reclaiming unused H1B time


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I was on H1B status until May 2010 (worked for 4 years), and then started my PhD program. I am going to complete the program in June 2016, and then possibly go on OPT. Will I be able to reclaim the unused H1B time if an employer is willing to file it for me? Or do I have to go through the lottery as it's past 6 years time limit? 

I see conflicting answers online. If anyone has knowledge in this area, please advise.



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