Transfer your Visa – Can an H-1B visa holder change jobs? Yes!
Bonus: H-1B transfers avoid the annual quota of only 85,000 visas issued by the lottery.
* this means H-1B transfers can be filed at any time of the year.
Under the H1B portability rules of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21), a new employer can hire an existing H1B visa holder away from another company to start a new H-1B job, provided that the new employer follows the required procedures to file an H1B transfer visa application on behalf of the worker.
H-1B visa holders that have filed for adjustment of status and whose cases have been pending for 180 days can also change jobs or employers without affecting the validity of their I-140 or underlying labor certification, as long as the new job is directly related to the occupational classification for the job in the original H1B visa petition and labor certification.
· Up to 3 months latest pay stubs.
· Copy of your existing H1B approval.
· Passport copies.
· Copies of I-94 records.
· Copy of Social Security Card.
· Latest Resume.
· Copy of existing valid visa.
· Copy of all your Diploma/Degrees.
How long does the H1B transfers take ?
It depends. The important thing is that once the H-1B visa transfer application is filed with USCIS, the employment may begin. So the H-1B holder is working during the processing, which can take four to eight weeks or longer. O
H-1B Transfer Frequently Asked Questions
Nope. It’s not required to inform your employer, and neither do they need to know about the transfer. So get out there and network to find the job that you are super passionate about and take it!
Yes. you can apply for multiple H-1B transfers and the procedure is the same for each. You can pick and choose where you want your special skills to be applied, but you can only work for 1 company at a time.