Can you retain your priority date when applied on F-1 Visa, if you come back on L-1B visa in future?

Aug 14, 2019 7 Comments

Title says it all.

If my I-140 gets approved on F-1 OPT and I get priority date set, can I retain it if I leave US and come back on L-1B visa in future?

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  • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
    Yes with the usual caveats
    Aug 14, 2019 6
    • Oracle / R&D TLead
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      The thing is I-140 approval takes at least 18 months. My OPT ends in 22 months. So I can’t travel for those 4 months. If I get H-1B then I can travel. I am worried about the situation if I do not get H-1B. Then my company would send me to Canada and bring me back on L-1B. What do you think in this case? Cause I-140 approval takes time right.
      Aug 14, 2019
    • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
      Well firstly the travel restriction starts once the I-140 is filed (not approved), and secondly a more typical amount of time until the I-140 is filed is more like 7-10 months... anyway, having L-1B as a backup is a fine plan.
      Aug 14, 2019

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