status can be extended in one-year increments beyond the normal six-year maximum if the
employee has started the permanent residence application process at least 365 days before
his sixth anniversary in H-1B status. See Section 106(a) of the American Competitiveness
in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21), Pub. L. No. 106-313, §§10116, http://history.nih.gov/research/downloads/PL106-313.pdf
114 Stat. 1251, 125162 (8 U.S.C. 1184 note).
If the employee cannot complete the permanent residence process
because he is from a country such as China or India that is affected by quotas, the H-1B
status can be extended in three year increments. See