Please help me to clarify the below. My current H1 visa is valid until September 2015. I want to know how many years I can continuously stay in USA without filing the GC and applying only with extensions. I have made the below US travels and I'm in an assumption that my 6 years clock got reset between trip 3 & trip 4. I'm assuming I can stay around 3 and half years, but some of my co-workers telling clock reset may not apply if you are on the same petition even though we have 1 year gap. Please clarify me on this. trip1. 3 months 17-Feb-07 15-May-07 B1 trip2. 3 months 30-Jun-07 29-Sep-07 B1 trip3. 11 months 13-Jan-08 14-Dec08 L1 P#wac0105851548 ---------------15 months stayed in india-------------------- trip4. 11 months 14-Mar-10 14-Feb-11 L1 travelled with old L1 visa(P#wac0105851548) which expired 03 dec 2010 and filed extention upto 03 dec 2012 (new P#eac1104050681) trip5. 2 months 23-May-11 14-Jul-11 L1 P#eac1104050681 trip6. 3 months 11-Feb-12 29-Apr-12 L1 P#eac1104050681 trip7. 12 months 20-May-12 STILL IN USA Entered with L1 .Converted L1 to H1 on 12/26/2012 travelled with L1 visa(P#eac1104050681) which expired 03 dec 2012 and converted L to H on 12/26/2012 ( new P#eac1304151024).
Your colleagues are right. As you didn’t go for another visa and use old petition/visa, your clock is not reset.