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The Grace Period for L1 Visa Holder After Employment Terminated

Hi William,

My L1 employment was terminated with notice period of only 3 days. Home many days of grace period that I have to stay in United States after the end of employment?


The USCIS regulations permit a grace period that allows workers in H-1B, L-1, or O-1 visa and their dependents to have maintained status following the cessation of employment for up to 60 days.

During this period, the alien workers may be able to maintain their nonimmigrant status if a new employer timely files a petition on their behalf with an extension of stay request, such as the H-1B, L-1, or O-1 visa change of employer petition for an alien worker

Alternatively, the alien workers may be able to remain in the United States in a period of authorized stay if they timely file an application to change to a new nonimmigrant status, such as B-2 visitor nonimmigrant status.

The alien workers who are unable to timely file a change of status application, or find a new employer who timely files a change of employer petition for the worker, may be required to depart the United States at the end of this grace period.

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