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I have a H1B visa that has been renewed once already. However in the designated period of 6 years I have been in the US for only around 2. Does that mean I can renew my H1B visa or reapply fresh?...

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You have 4 more years than. I also believe if you have seen outside the country for more than a year. The 6 years restart.

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... I was told that since I have not yet used up my remaining 4 years of my visa allocated period, I can simply reapply and don’t have to go through the process of petition lottery, etc., and just renew - is this true?

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OP, I spread my years out that way and was able to bypass lottery - check with lawyer but sounds right

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Thanks EY1

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Yes you are cap exempt for those 4 years but will need PERM i140 to extend beyond that.

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Depends how long you spend while you were here

PWC1 - I spent a little more than 2 years in the US total.

Thanks PWC1. Your 6years restart comment sound interesting. I will double check on it. Very helpful!!

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