H1b Transfer thread!

Epsilon @boa
Apr 21 281 Comments

Guys, i hope to create a common thread here for all the transfers related questions. Please post in your questions or experience so that we all can benefit from it. Please provide the following details:
Date of filing witn USCIS:
Date when receipt was generated:
Date of approval:
In case of rfe, rfe reason.
Also please do mention your designation in old company to that of new one!
(By collecting this stats, one should be able to have a good insignt on how long it takes)

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  • Amazon / Eng bananalove
    Fragomen Questionnaire Filled: April 3rd
    H1B transfer filed with PP: April 19th
    Receipt: April 23rd
    RFE Request: May 3rd 😓
    RFE Sent: July 23
    RFE Approved: July 31! Woohoo!

    BS in one of the "hard sciences"
    Role: Software Engineer
    Apr 23 10
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Dont worry @banalove, your case will get approved evntually!
      May 3
    • Amazon / Eng bananalove
      Thanks for the kind words. I'll certainly update the thread no matter what happens.
      May 3
    • Trimble dwightBeet
      Any update?
      Jul 15
    • Amazon / Eng bananalove
      RFE was submitted yesterday. Fragomen lawyers are frustratingly slow. Will let you know what the decision is.
      Jul 24
    • Trimble LeakCode
      I know. The lawyers take forever to respond to RFE. I already lost the excitement about starting my new job.
      For me it will take another 3-4 weeks to respond to my RFE
      Yours will get approved soon. Keep us updated
      Jul 24
  • Zions Bancorporation nintendo-1
    Date of transfer petition filed - April 11
    Date when received- April 12
    Date of receipt generation - April 12
    Date approved- April 23 per egov.uscis.gov and myaccount.uscis. lawyers haven't got the hard copy yet but told me I could safely resign
    Not FAANG. Engineer to senior information security engineer role, wage level 4

    Good luck to everyone out there. I was stressing out after 10 calendar days when there was no response even though the lawyers kept convincing me the transfer would go through smoothly.
    Apr 24 10
    • Oracle / Eng cxUq47
      @gotitall Congratulations! I’ve been asking my lawyer too, he hasn’t heard anything either. Let’s see ..
      Apr 25
    • Infor CTqb15
      Major - Computer Science?
      Apr 25
    • Zions Bancorporation nintendo-1
      MIS with specialization in information security
      Apr 26
    • Oracle / Eng cxUq47
      how long did it take from h1b approval online to getting the hard copy of approval?
      Apr 27
    • Zions Bancorporation nintendo-1
      2 business days
      Apr 30
  • Epsilon @boa
    OP
    My h1b transfer to one of the FAANG is going to be files early this week. All fongers crossed.
    Apr 21 3
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      Hmm.. how many fongers do you got?
      Apr 21
    • Epsilon @boa
      OP
      Lol, 11
      Apr 21
    • Facebook / Eng
      FastFinger

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Facebook
      FastFingermore
      How many fongers are crossed?
      Apr 25
  • WeWork / Data
    p🥔tato

    WeWork Data

    PRE
    Amazon, eBay
    p🥔tatomore
    I’m at RFE stage but would like to share my case here:

    Current job title: Marketing Data Analyst
    New job title: Data scientist
    SOC title: Operations Research Analyst
    Wage level: 3
    Degree: BBA in Marketing, MS in Business Statistics

    Current company: wework
    New company: a pre-IPO unicorn in Bay Area
    Law firm: Fragomen
    Processing center: California

    Questionnaire submitted: 4/2
    LCA submitted: 4/5
    Petition filed: 4/24
    Receipt generated: 4/25
    RFE issued: 5/4
    RFE reason: Specialty occupation

    Fragomen said they need 6-8 weeks to put together a response, then another 15 days for USCIS to adjudicate. Nothing needed from me though.

    To people who have RFE experience - does it take you guys so long to respond to RFE as well?
    The timeline is so long that my start date got postponed to August. I received the offer in February. Lol.
    May 17 9
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      The immigration firm doesn’t take that much time to prepare the response if it does not need any additional documents. The reason why they wait is that they want to show the USCIS that they have spent enough time preparing for the response to look good in thier eyes.
      May 17
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      :D
      May 17
    • Yahoo gotitall
      Fragomen mentioned 6 weeks for my RFE response as well. But my hiring manager escalated and they filed response within 2 weeks. So I would say, ask your future employer to escalate
      May 20
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      so looks like my RFE response is going to take a reaaaal long time. It's already been 3 weeks ( since May 14 RFE date ) and today the lawyers responded saying the USCIS deadline is Aug 8 so they will make sure to respond before that. I am taking this as bad news. Damn I had already checked out from my current work projects. Gotta step on gas again now.
      Jun 7
    • DISQO YMqa10
      Mine is slow too. USCIS issued RFE on May 6 and my attorney hasn't filed the RFE response yet. It's been two months now.
      Jul 10
  • Oracle / Eng cxUq47
    H1b transfer pp - Filed - April 12, receipt- April 13, approved - April 27.
    Apr 27 2
    • PayPal damaging
      Congrats...👍
      Apr 27
    • Oracle aragorn16
      Congrats! They are working on a Saturday?
      Apr 27
  • Cognizant / QA
    sharp123

    Cognizant QA

    BIO
    QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
    sharp123more
    Filed on May 2nd, waiting for receipt. Anyone filed on May 2nd got receipt number?
    May 3 38
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      Analysis
      May 13
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      Got an RFE today
      May 14
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      QA i think its fine. CA center is bound to give an rfe in most of the cases. Hopefully, it should be approved once the attorneys reply to them.
      May 14
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      Hopefully.... God only should help....
      May 14
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      Any updates on the RFE folks?
      Jun 6
  • Oracle watevs
    Updated:

    Petition sent: April 18th
    Received date: April 19th (USCIS email says 15 days from this date)
    Receipt notice date: April 20th
    Premium Processing : Yes
    Approval : Yes. April 29th.
    Hard copy approval: May 3rd (received by attorneys)
    Service Center: California

    Bachelors and Masters in CS
    Software Engineering role

    Good luck to others!
    Apr 24 6
    • Oracle watevs
      @hustler today the attorneys received the receipt hard copy. The company have their own team of immigration attorneys. So, not dealing with BAL or Fragommen. And, they update me as soon as they receive any update. So, that's good. But, still keeping fingers crossed, for the approval.
      Apr 26
    • Great. I see small firms actually are more responsive in terms of communication. Off topic, do you know which service center an application will be sent to? Is it based on your work location or the HQ location of the company?
      Apr 26
    • Oracle watevs
      The receipt notice and the USCIS case status can tell you that. I am not sure if it is based on job location or not. But, mine is being handled at the California service center. What's your status?
      Apr 26
    • Oracle watevs
      Now, the USCIS website shows the approval too.
      Apr 29
    • Congrats
      Apr 29
  • New JmpO31
    Fragomen questionnaire completed on 26th Mar
    Premium processing packet received by USCIS on 29th Apr
    Receipt notice on May 1st.
    Approved on May 4, 2019

    i did take a calculated risk and quit even before getting receipt since i had other plans. I thought about all the possibilities before doing it. Everyone has to decide for themselves. So, I don't recommend others to do it.

    Role : Software Engineer.
    Transferring from a small company to another small company.
    Masters in Computer Science
    May 6 5
  • Complete process from background check to transfer approval took 6 weeks.
    Fragomen filed transfer petition PP- April 10th
    Receipt- April 12th
    Approved- April 18th
    Apr 22 3
    • Epsilon @boa
      OP
      Awesome! Congratulations. Do you mind sharing the roles in your old and new company as well?
      Apr 22
    • Thanks op. Non-tech roles both companies.
      Apr 22
    • Facebook devil
      @Dr. Genome how much time your company took from offer acceptance to h1 transfer filing ?
      May 1
  • Epsilon @boa
    OP
    So based on the comment it looks like:
    1. There's a high probability that you won't get the receipt immediately.
    2. In some cases, after a few days, you get the receipt and Approval at the same time.
    3. Somebody mentioned in the post that the attorneys suggested not to resign from current postion until you get the Hard Copy!
    Apr 23 0
  • Cognizant / QA
    sharp123

    Cognizant QA

    BIO
    QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
    sharp123more
    My analysis
    May 13 17
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      Hope for the best... Approval
      May 14
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      RFE on specialty occupation
      May 14
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      what role are you joining in the new company and do have have an masters from here ?
      May 14
    • Cognizant / QA
      sharp123

      Cognizant QA

      BIO
      QAE with 7.5 yoe, looking to get into FAANG
      sharp123more
      Quality Engineer, no masters
      May 14
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Let me dm you!
      May 14
  • Zinus / Other
    gnCD11

    Zinus Other

    PRE
    Wix.com
    gnCD11more
    Filing PP this week as well. Fingers crossed.
    Apr 22 7
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      I guess you need to follow up with them. Most likely you’ll get the approval with the receipt. All the best!
      May 2
    • Zinus / Other
      gnCD11

      Zinus Other

      PRE
      Wix.com
      gnCD11more
      The weird thing is he tells me I'll get my receipt 7-10 days after filing (followed up and got response yesterday). When I see trackkit, all other PP applicants received their #s in 1-2 days.
      May 2
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      He is playing it safe to avoid more questions from you! Yes, generally, the PP comes in about 2-3 days, however, there have been some cases where both the receipt and the approval came at once. I strongly beleive you’ll get both at the same time by next week
      May 2
    • Zinus / Other
      gnCD11

      Zinus Other

      PRE
      Wix.com
      gnCD11more
      You were right! I got the receipt and approval today!!
      May 2
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Awesome, congratulations! You owe me few beers man 👍
      May 2
  • PayPal DqwP80
    H1 B extension denied in Dec 2017, got full time offer in Dec 2018.

    H1B reopened in Jan 25 2019.

    RFE received on March 09

    RFE response sent April 30 with PP

    Approval received May 1st.
    May 3 6
    • Do you know the reason for initial denial? Speciality occupation?
      May 3
    • PayPal DqwP80
      Yes it’s speciality occupation.
      May 3
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Do you know they flagged it? Do have a bachelors/ masters in non cs field?
      May 3
    • PayPal DqwP80
      Yes, I have B.tech and Masters with CS but still they gave me SO rfe.
      May 3
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Thats crazy! Was there a role change like swe to sre or something like that?
      May 3
  • Yahoo gotitall
    H1B transfer petition filed on March 18 - PP
    RFE on March 27
    RFE response received by USCIS on April 15
    Waiting for final decision
    Profile : senior engineer, to another product company
    Lawyer : Fragomen

    USCIS never updated RFE on their case status website. They updated RFE response though.
    Apr 22 6
    • Yahoo gotitall
      Fragomen didn’t reveal the RFE details, apparently they don’t need to. They didn’t need any information from me or my future company, so hopefully it is one of those common RFEs.
      Apr 23
    • Epsilon @boa
      OP
      When are they going to file the response for the rfe, a month?
      Apr 23
    • Yahoo gotitall
      Already filed - see above
      Apr 23
    • Yahoo gotitall
      Approved today. USCIS status page shows approved on April 20
      Apr 25
    • PayPal damaging
      Congrats
      Apr 25
  • Fungible chessmate
    PP, Filed:04/19, Receipt:04/24, Approved:04/26
    Apr 27 4
    • Congratulations mate. End to end in about 7 days, that is good!

      Would you mind detailing the old / new job specifics.?
      Apr 28
    • Fungible chessmate
      Startup—>LinkedIn, Software Engineer
      Apr 28
    • Oracle watevs
      Is this California Service center?
      Apr 28
    • Fungible chessmate
      Yes
      Apr 28
  • DrFirst ShriHanuman
    Date of filing with USCIS: April 12th
    Date when receipt was generated: April 12th
    Date of approval: 18th April per egov.uscis.gov.
    Lawyer: Troutman Sanders
    Non IT role. Not FAANG. Analyst to Senior Analyst transition.
    Lawyers advised not to resign till they receive the hardcopy.

    Also, goodluck to everyone waiting for approval or filing a transfer in the future
    Apr 22 7
    • To each their own, but I agree you can resign based on the receipt of approval. They can't like go back on their approval
      Apr 22
    • DrFirst ShriHanuman
      2 weeks!!! Ugh. I will wait till the end of this week.
      Apr 22
    • Oracle / Eng cxUq47
      how long did it take from h1b approval online to getting the hard copy of approval?
      Apr 27
    • I got the hardcopy in a week.
      Apr 27
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Did your case get approved?
      May 3
  • Epsilon ySPg80
    i was the OP but had to change my user account, lol!
    Transferring to one of the FAANG, immigration attorneys are FRAGOMEN.
    its been 4 weeks and the status is pending at 'sent for signature'. Got the HR to follow up immi guys and they said that they will filing it soon.
    Will keep the thread updated here with my case!

    EDIT 1: May 1st, 2019: My PP case was filed with USCIS. My immi attorneys haven't yet received the receipt yet.

    EDIT 2: May 9th , 2019: Receipt generated by USCIS

    EDIT 3: May 10th, 2019: Receipt Number communicated with me

    EDIT 4: May 15th : Lawyers confirmed that the case was approved though online its showing pending
    Apr 30 6
    • Fungible chessmate
      +1 👆
      May 1
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      They filed my casse today! Fingers crossed now
      May 1
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Updated my thread here. Finally got the receipt today. Went to california center.
      May 10
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      My case got approved today. Updated the thread.
      May 15
    • Zinus / Mktg
      sjsbsh

      Zinus Mktg

      PRE
      Wix.com
      sjsbshmore
      Congrats! I had to scroll way up to find your update haha
      May 15
  • Amazon Beff-Jezos
    Questionnaire submitted: 4/19
    Petition filed: 5/15
    Receipt generated: 5/20
    Approved: 5/23

    BS/MS/PhD all in geography (MS & PhD in the US). No CS or relevant degree. Software engineer role with 3 YOE. Transferring to another FANG as software engineer.
    May 23 3
    • Zinus / Mktg
      sjsbsh

      Zinus Mktg

      PRE
      Wix.com
      sjsbshmore
      intersesting case...congrats!!
      May 23
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Congratulations!
      May 24
    • Oracle watevs
      You went all the way till PhD, and moved to Software Engineering? 😮 Did your first work somehow involve geography? Just curious.
      May 25
  • Verizon Media sxSG85
    Date of filing with USCIS: Lawyers Waiting for LCA approval. Case was initiated on Apr 22 and LCA filed the same day.
    Date Filed: April 30
    Date when the receipt was generated: May 1
    RFE issued: May 14th
    RFE received by USCIS: June 20 with PP clock started again.
    Date of approval: Waiting
    Apr 23 2
    • Epsilon @boa
      OP
      All the best! Keep us updated!
      Apr 23
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Hi sxSG85, would like to update your case here. When did you get the receipt? Was your transfer done
      --OP
      May 2
  • My petition should be filed in PP (FAANG) this week. Will keep everyone posted.

    Update:

    Date of filing with USCIS: 04/24
    Date when receipt was generated: NA (not received yet)
    Date of approval: NA
    Lawyer: BAL
    Case: Transfer from a mid-tier services based company to FANG.
    Apr 22 2
    • Epsilon @boa
      OP
      Thanks!
      Apr 22
    • Epsilon ySPg80
      Updates please :)
      May 2