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H-1C Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I extend my stay in the U.S. on H-1C visa?

Yes, you may apply for Extension of Stay on H-1C visa. In general, all H-1C foreign nationals should be admitted for a period of three years, if otherwise eligible under statute and regulation. In the case you are admitted to the U.S. for a period of time less than three years, the facility may file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker to extend your stay.

Note: The H-1C category is scheduled to expire on June 13, 2005, so all H-1C petitions must be filed by that date.


Can I change status while on H-1C visa?

Yes, you may apply for Change of Status while on H-1C visa. If you are changing the job to H-1B or TN (incase if you have to move to non-disadvantaged areas), have your employer file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, at the USCIS Regional Service Center with jurisdiction over your case. Form I-539, Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status must be filed for dependent spouse or children by the employer.

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Are there any travel restrictions on H-1C visa?

No, there are no travel restrictions on H-1C visa. You may travel as many number of times as required before the expiry of the H-1C status. The USCIS also does not impose any time limit on your stay abroad.

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