Can I travel when my H1B Extension is in RFE status and Visa is expired?

My employer applied for H1B extension on 08/02/2017. It was upgraded to PP on 11/17/2017. We received RFE on 30th November. My employer is yet to respond to that RFE and my Visa expired on 31st October 2017. I need to travel to India and that can’t be avoided. If I travel now while RFE response is pending, what will be the implications?

You can certainly go back to India (except through Europe, which needs a valid USA visa to transit), but you cannot come back, until your extension is approved and you have to get your visa stamped again in India.

Thanks a lot Ramanan… I am actually planning to do that… Will be taking direct flight to India…But i heard that when RFE response is yet to file, I need to present in USA physically…Is that true?

@DG2018 I have the same situation. I need to travel to India but my h1B transfer is pending under RFE. Did you face any difficulties while coming back? What steps do you take?