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| I currently have a L1 visa and will be bringing my wife her on an L2
| I have the oppurtunity to change jobs for a lot better package.
| How can I go about changing visas, I guess I need a H visa?
Probably, it depends on the new job, of course.
| Big Q, do I need ot leave the country to change visas or can I do it
| here in the US and when I quit my old job will my visa automatically
| become invalid and be forced to leave the country or is there a
| grace period.
I note that jjf already pointed you to the difference between status and
visa. My FAQ site at http://www.kkeane.com
has more details about this.
In short, what you are primarily interested in is status, not visa. It
can probably be changed without leaving the USA. Your old status indeed
ends the day you quit the job. As long as the change of status has been
filed in time, that's not a problem.
Do note that there could be a snag in your plan. Since you would be
applying for an H-1B visa, the quota may become an issue. Currently, the
quota has not yet been reached, after an extra 20,000 slots have been
made available. But nobody knows how long this will last.
Also, do be aware that your wife would be allowed to work only if you
are an L-1. The wife of an H-1B is an H-4, and would not be able to work
(unless she can get an H-1B of her own).
| any help will be very helpful. Will go to a visa lawyer if needed but
| hoped to save the xpense and get an idea before having to go for the
| actual applications etc...
Your employer, not you, will file all the paperwork, and probably also
hire an attorney and guide you. It is an excellent idea to educate
yourself first so you know what questions to ask.
Remember, I am strictly a layperson without any legal training. I
encourage everybody to seek competent legal counsel rather than
relying on usenet newsgroups.
Please visit my new FAQ at http://www.kkeane.com
My email address in usenet posts is now invalid for Spam protection.
See my Web site for information on how to contact me.
Please feel free to enjoy some of my photographs at my Web site
! Comments are welcome.
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