Amazon Internal Transfer and H1b

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OcKa15

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Mar 14 14 Comments

I am moving to a complete different role within the same organization. H1b amendment would be needed. I am yet to speak to my current manager about my internal transfer. Do I need to wait until amendment is approved before I move or I can join right away? Please post your experiences. Trying to get an idea about the timeline to discuss serving time in my current team.

Thanks in advance :)

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  • Amazon / Eng
    Seattle.1

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    i am hiring for high visibility high impact AWS projects with no legacy code, lots of customers lined up, and a strong tenured management team. DM me.
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    Ask the immigration team, not Blind.
    Mar 142
    • Leaf Group
      OcKa15

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      Haven’t talked to current manager yet. Want to keep it discreet until I have all the information
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft
      tech.ladki

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      tech.ladkimore
      Current manager is not on my immigration team 😊
      Mar 14
  • Apple / Engpikapika7
    What up fellow leaf group alum. It’s probably safer to join after approval since premium is back.
    Mar 142
    • Leaf Group
      OcKa15

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      Hey. Thank you SO much. Didn’t know premium is back for h1b applications. Awesome :)
      Mar 14
    • Apple / Engpikapika7
      Which team did you work at leaf group?
      Mar 14
  • New
    EMVH32

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    You’re supposed to stick with your current position. Moving between positions while on H-1B is a big problem. It’s only three years.

    This maneuver, by the way, is how companies cheat the visa system: get a visa approved for one job and then try to switch up the job.

    If you attempt a transfer like that, then good luck not getting your visa revoked.
    Mar 142
    • Leaf Group
      OcKa15

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      Yo. First of all h1b is not for 3 years. It is for 6 years. If you have an approved i140, you can keep getting it extended until you get green card.

      Moving between teams is completely ok and legal. Read the h1b amendment rules on USCIS website. When a candidate decides to move to a different role within the same company, they just need to file for h1b amendment. My question was if I need to wait until h1b amendment approval or if a receipt is enough. Not all H1B’s are fraud. We graduated from good colleges in the US. And we STICK to the rules.
      Mar 14
    • New
      EMVH32

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      Yo. H-1b is issued for three years and MAY be extended for an additional 3.

      My bad about switching teams. You can switch teams without problems, even if it’s in another city.

      When you move to the other city to join the new team just let USCIS know directly you moved. You don’t have to tell your employer. USCIS will reply with an acknowledgement and they’ll even contact your HR department for you. The letter may come from the DOJ but that’s expected. No worries.

      Good luck!
      Mar 14
  • Amazon Amazon7
    You don't need to wait for the amendment
    Mar 141
    • Leaf Group
      OcKa15

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      Thanks for your response :) Do I need to wait until I get the receipt for the h1b amendment filing though?
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft / EngPhoenixAZ
    Manager would know if you talk to immigration team ? That's weird.
    Mar 141
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      OcKa15

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      I don’t know if he might or might not. Fragomen is currently working with my manager for my perm process. Didn’t want to bring this us especially when they are in talks.
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft
    tech.ladki

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    In wondering will HR realize they have to involve immigration? Chances are the HR who deals with internal transfers isn't familiar with immigration issues and just changes your title without informing immigration
    Mar 140

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