My current situation - My 3 years L1B expires on 25-Jul-2015, both the visa and I94. My company will apply for my H1B (COS) on Apr 01. My company has also planned to apply for my L1B extension by Jul 2nd week, in an attempt to keep me in the US for the period between my I94 expiry (25-Jul-2015) and H1 start date (Oct 01).
My intention is stay and continue working in the US. Can you please advice on the below questions?
Can I use the 280 days period after my I94 expiry to continue working? Assuming my L1 extension invites an RFE, how this will be affected? How early can USCIS get back with and RFE, and how late can I respond to it?
If my L1 extension is rejected, Can I go out of the US and continue H1B under consular processing with the same petition? What will happen if my H1B petition is approved before L1B rejection?
If my H1B petition is approved, can my company withdraw the L1B extension, so that my final status will be H1B? After the withdrawal, and before Oct 01, can I work in the US?
Please advice me a better way to handle this situation.