H1B transfer

Microsoft jlblind
Jan 9 15 Comments

1. I get an offer from another company
2. Company starts H1B transfer process
3. H1B transfer is approved and I tell my current company that I will be switching jobs

How long is the wait from step 2 to step 3?

Also, is it possible that H1B transfer gets rejected? What would be my visa status in that case?

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  • Oracle doznuts
    At the moment, without premium processing it's 6-8 months. I think if your new H1 petition gets rejected you can still continue to work for your current employer.
    Jan 9 2
    • Microsoft jlblind
      OP
      So even if I have an offer, I should continue to work for current company for 6-8 months (without premium processing). Seems like an awkward situation in case anyone in current company finds out.
      Jan 9
    • Oracle doznuts
      You can upgrade to premium processing in Feb IF it's resumed.

      If your new employer is willing to wait, it's the best thing to do.
      Jan 9
  • Tesla goutham139
    Also, just FYI, the premium processing is scheduled to be back on by Feb 19th, 2019
    Jan 9 2
    • Microsoft SunRsrsHyd
      But not guaranteed
      Jan 9
    • Oracle doznuts
      ^ this. H1 premium processing for the lottery was supposed to resume last Sept but it did not.
      Jan 9
  • Sony kHtg85
    Seems like step2 to step 3 takes about 4-6 months depending on which center your application got filed. Best to not tell your current employer about switching jobs during that time.

    Based on what I have heard, h1b transfer do get rejected. If you have not told your current employer and still have the job, then you can continue on the same h1

    If you have already terminated your current job and your h1b transfer gets rejected, then I think you would be out of status in that case. You might have to leave the country and come back once it is approved (assuming your new employer decides to refile for the transfer)
    Jan 9 0
  • Wells Fargo hsLy13
    Current wait time is 6 or 7 weeks between 2 and 3 assuming:
    Your new employer starts the transfer now with the agreement that they will upgrade to premium on Feb 19.

    After that it will 3 weeks (assuming you will get approval in 1 week and 2 weeks for current employer notice period) or 4 weeks (2 weeks for approval and 2 for notice) to join the new employer.

    End to end it will be 6 or 7 weeks from now to join the new company.
    Jan 9 2
    • Amazon Amoeba
      I think you meant 6 or 7 months!
      Jan 10
    • Wells Fargo hsLy13
      Nope I meant 6 or 7 weeks to upgrade in premium which starts on Feb 19
      Jan 10
  • Microsoft SunRsrsHyd
    Yes it is taking more than 3months for sure. My friend initiated the transfer in oct 2018 and no update till now.
    Jan 9 2
    • Microsoft jlblind
      OP
      Did your friend tell current team about leaving?
      Jan 9
    • Microsoft SunRsrsHyd
      Nope
      Jan 9
  • Oracle fbbT02
    Is premium processing stopped for H1B transfer also? I thought it was only for the new applications.
    Jan 9 1
    • Bank of America / Other tSWv17
      It's stopped for almost everything buddy..except a few type of visa processes.
      Jan 10

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