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Visa Question

Old Jul 21st 2002, 4:55 pm
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My friend has a B1 Visa. Is it possible that she travels to the US with that particular Visa while his H1 gets processed? Can she change it from B1 to H1? If so, how?
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Old Jul 22nd 2002, 12:20 am
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On Sun, 21 Jul 2002 11:20:02 -0700, rupa wrote:

    > My friend has a B1 Visa. Is it possible that she travels to the US with that
    > particular Visa while his H1 gets processed? Can she change it from B1 to H1? If
    > so, how?

Traveling to the US as a tourist or business visitor while an H-1B is pending is NOT
recommended. I did it eight years ago, and was admitted after being grilled for an
hour about my intent to return rather than change status in the US - and then I was
only admitted for five weeks rather than the customary six months, and with the
annotation "no change of status".

In theory, you could change from B-1 to H-1B in the US. In practice, that is probably
not feasible because changing to H-1B means, you have to file a completely new H-1B.

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