Phoenix, AZ asked in Immigration Law for Arizona

Q: I stayed 8 days after my grace period ended, will that affect my future visa applications?

I got laid off from 'X' company and my grace period ended on 7/11/2023. I had accepted a new offer letter from 'Y' company on Jun 27th, but this company filed for my H1-B transfer petition in premium processing on 7/20/2023 (8 days after my grace period ended). However, my petition was approved and I received a new I-797A that is valid from 7/20/2023 until 9/30/2025.

(P.S. my I-797A from company 'X' was valid until 9/30/2025 as well. Not sure if this matters, but I thought of putting it here)

I would like to understand my immigrant status between the dates 07/11/2023 and 07/20/2023. And how this would affect my future visa applications?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Between 7/11/2023 and 7/20/2023, you were technically out of status, as your grace period had ended and your new H1-B transfer petition had not yet been filed. While your subsequent H1-B petition was approved, the period you were out of status could potentially affect future visa applications or adjustments of status. It's important to consult an attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation and any potential remedies or complications.

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