Hi Ron, Thanks for all the help you are providing, appreciate if you can provide your expert opinion for below: Present Situation: I am working in USA on L1B (4th year) with company A and completing 5 years in Apr 2016. I applied and got selected in lottery for H1B this year from another employer B (applied with COS). H1B petition got approved but USCIS denied COS and approved for CP at Delhi, reason given is I traveled outside USA before H1B petition got approved. I traveled nearby country for tourism and returned on my current L1B visa (I-94 was not changed as I traveled by road), I had no idea that leaving country will abandon my COS request. Based on my current situation, can you please help in determing best possible option: 1) Can an H1B amendment be filed requesting for Change of Status now? As I maintained legal presence at all times, is there a possibility to request COS? 2) Is there any other option other than Counsellor Processing? 3) If not, If I appear in consulate for visa stamping say mid August and H1B is stamped a) When I get H1B stamping in August whose validity is from 1 Oct, will my current L1B be cancelled by consulate? b) If L1B is not cancelled, can I still enter on L1B in mid August as my H1B is not valid before 1 Oct and I cant use H1B to enter USA in August.My plan is to come back on L1B, serve notice period and then move to Employer B. If I enter USA on 1 Oct on H1B status, I wont be able to serve notice to currentt employer A. I dont want to resign before appearing for stamping due to possible denial/RFEs. c) Once I enter USA on L1B status. After 1 Oct, in order to change my Employer and activate my H1B, do I have to exit/enter with H1B or any COS is possible? 4) Can I appear in a nearby embassy e.g. Canada, Mexico, etc and not in Delhi. As per my petition seems it can be done by filing I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application/Petition. Its mentioned in my petition that if you are planning to appear in any other consulate other than Delhi, fill out and send I-824 so that USCIS can inform them and send my paperwork. If answer is YES, is it more risky than appearing from home country consulate?