To all my fellow 🐠..I had a H1B which I received in 2011 and expired in 2014. Although I used only 1 year of the 3 years. Can this H1 B renewed and transferred now?

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Of course. No problemo.

The petition is valid for 6 years. I got mine in 2007. Joined a job in 2011, in 4th year. Since you used it for 1 year, i assume you are good. But, check with attorney to be sure. Dates matter.

I used it for 1 year but that was during 2011 and 2014. Post 2014 I moved to a L1 visa. So hence I am curious if today a company wants to use my old h1b can it be renewed.

Yes it’s called recapturing time spent outside the country. They should be able to file it as a cap exempt petition because you’ve been counted in the cap once and have not used the entire available six year period. Your employer’s attorney should be able to help with this. Good luck OP!

Hold on, how long have you resided in US total, combined on H1 and L1? Remember L1 period is also counted towards your total 6 years. If you stayed on L1 for 5 years and 1 year on H1, and don’t have Perm/i140 cleared, you may have to leave soon.

Thanks EY1 and EY2. Well I am safe there too as I wouldn't be over 2 years combined. My only worry is if I can revive my original H1 B petition which was expired in 2014. Is there any statute which limits the time within which I can renew my H1B.

I want to say it’s six years, but I am not a lawyer so I’d suggest confirming this from a lawyer.

As i said above, i activated mine after 4 years. So, u r fine. But, things are not same these days. So, good luck!!!!

Thanks guys!

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