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  • H4 to H1 not typical

    H4 to H1 with a twist in the story:

    1 Apr 2008: Filed for H1
    15 Apr 2008: Got Married
    17 Apr 2008: H4 Visa Issued
    20 Apr 2008: Entered USA
    15 May 2008: H1 Approved
    30 May 2008: Received the Approval Notice

    Do i need to leave the country and come back with an H1 Visa to start working, or can i go to the Social security office with the Approval Notice and get SSN and start working?

    Kalyan Verma

  • #2
    What is the twist? You need to either have the employer file an amendment (COS) to change to H1b without leaving US or travel, get a visa stamp and enter.

    In both cases, you cannot apply for SSN unless the H1b COS is approved and you have an I-94 representing H1 status.

    I am not a lawyer and you need to consult with one to validate any info posted on the forum and discuss your case specifics. H1b Question? Read the FAQ first.


    • #3
      Typically H4 visa holders file for H1 while they are in the USA. Thats not the case for me. However you answered my question, thanks a million.


      • #4
        Can i go to any Consulate outside USA to get the VISA stamped?