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    Hi,

    I am currently in the US on an H-4 visa.
    I applied for a H1 visa through company A this year (2008) and received an email yesterday from USCIS that they have mailed an Approval notice to my employer. I am hoping that the notice will be received in a week.

    I have a couple of questions:

    1. How long do I have to work with company A before I can apply for a transfer?
    2. Can I start applyng for jobs with other companies (other than company A) now or do I have to wait for my passport to be stamped or some other such formality ?

    Thank you

  • #2
    You can get it transferred now. Search the forum for similar posts.

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    • #3
      1. Zero before Oct 1st.
      2. Yes before Oct 1st. No after that without paystubs.

      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.

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      • #4
        Clarifications

        Thanx for the reply. Just to make sure I understand this correctly,
        1. I can start looking for a job with another employer now.
        2. I can transfer my H1 to a new employer before October 1st without having worked for the employer who has sponsored my current H1 visa.
        3. If I am unable to transfer to another employer before Oct. 1st, then I will have to work with current employer for sometime before changing to a new one.

        If (3) is true, then what is the duration for which I will have to work with current employer before changing my job?

        Thank you for your help

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        • #5
          You did get it right. No specific duration. USCIS is interested in your recent paystubs and that you are actually working and maintaining your H1b status before approving any transfers.

          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.

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          • #6
            Thanx again for the quick response.

            I got my I797 and it has a I-94 with it.
            Can you please tell me what are the next steps from here?
            Do I need to get the H1 visa stamped in my passport or are there any other formalities that I need to complete before I can start working?

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            • #7
              Nothing to be done if you want to work for that employer. Educate yourself by reading about H1b meanwhile from various websites.

              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.

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              • #8
                Alright.

                Thank you for your guidance and prompt replies.

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