how flexible is AWS on start date?

Amgen howlin
Nov 7 14 Comments

I have ~3 years experience and accepted an offer at AWS. I am on an H-1B and had reached agreement with the recruiter and HM that i would start only after the approval came through to minimize any risk resulting from a denial. I am sensing they’re beginning to nudge me to start before that approval, does delaying the start date because of my visa situation reflect badly on me? The start date was initially set for early november but given I don’t have a visa approval yet, there is no way I can meet that date. I wanted to be fairly set on only starting after my approval (would provide my 2 weeks only at that point too), but am worried if it will reflect badly on me once i do start.

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Amazon Alexithym
    It's common for start dates to be delayed by a while, I wouldn't worry about it
    Nov 7 0
  • New BMD
    No it doesn’t reflect badly on you. It is better to wait for approval to come through. If it’s not filed under premium processing, ask them to upgrade it to PP
    Nov 7 0
  • Credit Karma 🐨Koala
    They should be flexible as it is valid demand.
    Also, TC or GTFO
    Nov 7 1
    • Amgen howlin
      OP
      Lol sorry TC:144
      Nov 8
  • Disney blindman04
    Your request seems reasonable to me. I did the same thing recently for my next job, they wanted me to start as soon as they filed my h1b transfer. I said NO, and I am glad I did, I got am RFE and then finally the approval. So, dont feel bad, be firm on your request and dont succumb to pressure. I think it's a totally reasonable request from your side
    Nov 7 1
    • Amgen howlin
      OP
      Thanks for the advice, great to know!
      Nov 7
  • Amazon / Eng SmkWdEvyDy
    I pushed my start date a full 2 months for a much less solid reason. They didn't give a fuck at all.
    Nov 7 0
  • Amazon / IT cSjD26
    You are doing the right thing. I did exact same thing before joining AWS and my manager had no issues. May be it’s just the recruiter pushing you, but do not inform in your current company until your transfer is approved. Ask them to file in pp if not already
    Nov 7 3
    • Amgen howlin
      OP
      It’s more so the HM as another person started with just the filing, but this is great info thank you!
      Nov 7
    • Amgen howlin
      OP
      I also want to give me current employer a 2 week notice, so that would push my start to H1 approval date + 2 weeks, did you do a similar thing and were they ok with it?
      Nov 7
    • Amazon / IT cSjD26
      Yes, they should be just fine with that, they understand the h1b delay is a legit thing in the process
      Nov 8
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    You can wait. Immigration is slow right now.
    Nov 7 0
  • New scheme
    I am surprised that they are pushing you to start before approval.
    Nov 7 0
  • Teradata rockerArm8
    Every company worth working for knows how fucked up USCIS is. No blame on you. Chill
    Nov 7 0

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