H1 extension after expiry living outside US

Hi, My H1 got approved in 2007 and exp in oct 2010. I have stayed only for 6 months in US i.e., from Sep 2008 to apr 2009. Now I want to apply for extension.
Can my H1 extend? If yes how long it can be?

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I think you can go for cap-exempt filing with same or another employer. Once your petition is approved and VISA is stamped, you can stay in US for another 5 years and 6 months (with periodic extension of H1B).

Since this is the last year during which you can reuse the cap, please have it confirmed with any good immigration attorney.

Thanks for your answer Sujith. My employer applied for H1 extension and waiting for approval.