Job change before H1-b stamp

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Jul 22 13 Comments

Got my h1b petition approved (Change of status from F1 to H1). It will start in Oct 2019.

I am planning to change the employer after Oct through H1-b transfer.
Is there any risk if I do it before stamping h1b?

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  • Cisco tollyyyy
    Transfer can be done prior to stamping. Done that.
    Jul 22 4
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      How long does the transfer take ? If I plan to leave around October 15, will the current company be OK with it ?
      Jul 22
    • Cisco tollyyyy
      If premium processing is still on, you should get to know the decision in 2 weeks. Your current company will not know a transfer has been initiated unless you tell them.
      Jul 22
    • Facebook abcsef
      Will USCIS approve such a transfer only 15 days after activation? I’ve heard it’s usually rejected or at least RFE.
      Jul 22
    • Cisco tollyyyy
      There's is no rule that says that nor did I listen to something like that.
      Jul 22
  • SAP tjjj
    You do realize, don't you, that your current H1B is petitioned by the employer whom you are desirous of leaving?

    And so, if your CURRENT employer withdraws your petition (which they should, per law, when you cease to be their employee), you will be left with NO H1B AT ALL? In short, you cannot switch employers before Oct. This is basic H1B 101
    Jul 22 3
    • Bloomberg errors
      OP
      Updated the post. Planning to switch after Oct.
      Jul 22
    • SAP tjjj
      Really, stamping IS the final step of your H1B approval. And so, my comment above still holds. Having said that, I haven't gone through this personally, so perhaps someone who has, could help better.

      Am assuming here that you have access to an immigration lawyer, anyway.
      Jul 22
    • Pandora gringo
      I have transferred before October previously. Once your petition is picked, you are not subject to a cap anymore.
      Jul 22
  • Facebook abcsef
    It’s not a “risk”, it’s called “lose your H-1B”, and your OPT (if that’s your previous status) will only be effective til 09/30.
    Jul 22 1
    • Bloomberg errors
      OP
      Updated the post. Planning to change after Oct and through H1-B visa transfer.
      Jul 22
  • Kaplan YcnJ71
    Any update on this what did u do?
    Nov 12 0
  • New / Eng @ease
    OP - I am also in the same situation. Hoping you've come to a decision, would this affect in any way getting H1B visa stamped ?
    Sep 18 0

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