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asked Apr 10 by rocklikevj (150 points)

I am currently on H1B and I will complete my 6 years in Sep 2019. My wife is on J1 without 2yrs residency requirement. Can someone please help me clarifying the below questions?

  1. Can I change my status to J2 and work on EAD for a couple of years?
  2.  I want to change my status back to H1B after 2 years to utilize my remaining H1 period and start Green Card process in case my employer sponsors. To change my status back to H1,  do I need a cooling period of 1 year outside the US?
  3. Does my case fall under Cap Exempt? If yes, should I apply CAP exemption before 6years from my previous H1 approved date or I can do it anytime as I have utilized H1 for some period.
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answered Apr 21 by dan (24,624 points)

Can I change my status to J2 and work on EAD for a couple of years?

YES, YOU CAN
I want to change my status back to H1B after 2 years to utilize my remaining H1 period and start Green Card process in case my employer sponsors. To change my status back to H1,  do I need a cooling period of 1 year outside the US?
Does my case fall under Cap Exempt? If yes, should I apply CAP exemption before 6years from my previous H1 approved date or I can do it anytime as I have utilized H1 for some period.
1. IF YOU ARE LEFT WITH SOME TIME ON YOUR 6 YEARS, YOU CAN USE THAT FOR AN H1B UNDER CAP-EXEMPT OR OBTAIN AN I-140 AND GET THE H1B EXTENDED
2. TO GET A FRESH H1B UNDER CAP, YOU MUST BE OUT OF COUNTRY FOR 1 YEAR.
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