Hi Ron, I am in my 5th year of L1b Visa which will end in Jan 2016. I got selected in lottery this year and H1B petition got approved with CP last month whose expiry is in Nov 2016. Considering the situation that if I leave country now in Jul 2015 after completing 4.5 years on L1B and remain outside for more than 1 year ( so I didn't use H1B so far). For my return: 1) On 1 Jan 2017, will I be H1B cap-exempt or not (petition is already expired)? 2) If I will be cap-exempt, for how long can I stay on H1B: 1.5 years after deducting L1B Stay or FULL 6 years if clock is reset as I remain outside US for 1 year? Thanks a lot for your time and support.