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I’m on an L1 visa with my firm here in the US however I want to work for other companies. A green card will take too long to process, any other suggestions? Is it possible to ask my firm to move me to a H1B and then apply to other companies?

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Yes you can ask them to submit an H1B application in the next cycle (March 2022). If you get selected, you'll receive your unstamped one in 4-6 mths later. You typically have to exit the country and activate your H1B before you can use it, generally through consular processing.

But even on an H1B the new firm needs to sponsor you (which is just another hurdle for them(

How are you applying for the green card? L1A visas used to be able go faster to the green card than a H1b through the EB1-C (I think) and I don’t think it needs labor certification. Moving L1b to L1a doesn’t take too long, just need the company to help.

L1B to L1A upgrade still requires PERM as you cannot demonstrate international management experience required for EB1C in this case.

Speak to an immigration attorney. L1 to greencard is faster and easier. Well worth it long term

Two options: - 1. Move to a H1 (this is lottery based and requires firm sponsorship and you’ve already missed deadline for 2021). Easiest is to have your existing firm sponsor you and this and then transfer it when you find a new job (transferring H1 is easier than issuance of new visa - 2. Green card sponsorship, again easiest would be your current firm sponsor you and you then leave to different firm once you have received it. Slim chance but some countries also have specialty visa agreements. For example, I am Australian and I could be sponsored by a new Company on an E3 visa (I was previously on an L1A)

I was in the exact same situation several years ago and tried a lot of things. But eventually, I had to wait until I got my Greencard on my hands before I started to search for other opportunities. Firms usually do not start the Greencard process until you have the last 2 years left on your visa status. At least with KPMG, that was the case for me. That's the best and strongest chain to tie you up. One thing that you should know is that even if you move to H1B now, you will have the same number of years left on your L1 status. If you have consumed 5 years on L1, you will have only 2 years left even if you switch to H1B

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