Hi! My employer applied for my H1B extension back in January 2019. I think as of this writing, the USCIS is currently processing I-129s that were filed back in December 2018. That gives me a month or so to wait for the result of my H1B extension. So right now, I have an expired H1B (hence the application for extension), and the stamp on my passport is way overdue as well. I am aware of the 240-days rule of USCIS. I have a few questions with regards to this:
Given (hoping) that my H1B extension got approved and was given 2 more years, am I mandated to exit the country the soonest and have my passport stamped in a consulate? Because I really do not have any plans on exiting the country until next year.
Given I do not need to exit the country immediately, I plan on exiting the US July of 2020 for vacation. My concern here is, if I will not exit the US this year, and will have my passport stamped in a consulate on the date of my exit (or prior to entry back to US) which is July 2020, will it be a factor in considering whether I will be given an entry back to the US by the Consular Agent?
I really hope I have explained my concerns here. Any input will be much appreciated on this one. Thank you so much!
P.S. My concern is will the length of time between the time my H1B extension got approved and I exit the country and have my Passport stamped in an embassy be a factor in considering if I will be given a Visa back to the US?