H1 Visa Approved starting Oct. 1st, 2019, Could I transfer from current job before getting visa stamped

Intel / Eng Monroe89
Aug 22 9 Comments

Looking for a change of job but my H1-B got approved with my current company. So, should I wait before going for interviews or I can start the process and later the H1-B transfer process as well after October 1st.

Or do we need to first get our approved H1-B stamped and then go for H1-B transfer petition.

As of now I’m planning to go for H1-B visa stamping in Dec. or so. But I have some interviews lined up that I want to take up right after or around October 1st.

Please provide inputs from your experience.

TC: $110K
YOE: 1 yr

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  • New / Eng BMDm53
    You should probably start interviewing now and you can get visa stamped after you switch to the new company.
    That way you don’t have to get visa stamped twice within the first 3 years
    Aug 22 4
    • Intel / Eng Monroe89
      OP
      Do we need to get H1-B visa stamped every time we change job ??? I thought it’s just one time per H1-B period
      Aug 22
    • New / Eng BMDm53
      It’s definitely recommended to re-stamp every time you switch employers. But, usually you can enter US with your old visa stamp and the new approved I797

      But since you are planning to switch immediately after October, I would recommend to get your visa stamped after you switch.

      I am on the same boat. I got my H1b approved this year and I am actively interviewing
      Aug 22
    • Intel / Eng Monroe89
      OP
      Thank you so much for the helpful reply. Good luck with your interviews👍🏻
      Aug 22
    • New / Eng BMDm53
      Thank you. You too
      Aug 22
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    In the same boat, I am planning to go in January. Is there any risk involved initiating transfer before the stamp ?
    Aug 22 3
    • New / Eng BMDm53
      You might as well switch before you go for stamping.
      Aug 22
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      Lets say I have an offer before Oct 1, when should I start the transfer process? Do we have to wait sometime before initiating transfer ?
      Aug 24
    • New / Eng BMDm53
      Technically as soon as you are on H1b. But few do recommend to get at least 2 paychecks on H1b. The immigration team (of your future employer) would know better
      Aug 24