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Hey Peter, thanks for doing this! Two questions: (1) I had an H1B visa that was awarded starting with Oct 2011. However, I ended up never using it because I decided to stay in Europe. I have come back to the US in 2015 to get a 2-year MBA from a top 5 school and am considering applying for the H1B again in April of next year. Does this mean that I can only have the H1B for 3 years? What happens after 3 years? (2) I probably will never stay in the US if my husband cannot come and work here with me. Could you please confirm whether or not the spouses of H1Bs are allowed to work?

Thanks so much!

You should be able to get the full 6 years in H-1B status and H-4 spouses cannot work as H-4 spouses unless the H-1B principal has an approved I-140 petition.

Thanks! Is it hard to get the I-140 petition? How long does it take?

It depends on the path taken but it can take up to a year or longer.

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