I'm a 2nd year PhD student on F1, applied for change of status to H1B that was approved, and start working on 10/1/2013.
Do I get a new H1B visa in my passport, to replace the current F1? Does that happen after 10/1?
If not, how exactly do I reenter the US under H1B status after any future travels outside the US (done after 10/1)?
You will have to travel abroad, as stated by my colleague, preferably to your home country to go to embassy or consulate to get your new visa. You should have your employer's attorney inform you about the process and find out if he/she will be scheduling the appointment for you or if you have to do it yourself.
If your H-1B petition was approved as a "change of status" from F-1 to H-1B and you were issued an new I-94 card, then you may not need to get a new H-1B visa stamp in order to start working on Oct. 1st. The next time you travel outside the U.S., you will need to apply for an H-1B visa stamp in your home country in order to re-enter the U.S. in H-1B status. You should discuss this with the immigration attorney, if you or your employer had one for your H-1B process.
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