I am portuguese and I will be working at an architecture firm in new york on a H1-B visa
You can switch as soon as the new company application is received by USCIS.
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If you are currently an H1B visa holder, you can transfer your visa and start work for a new employer as soon as an H1B transfer petition is 'submitted' to the USCIS by the new sponsoring company/employer. You do NOT have to wait until the Transfer is issued.
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As long as you continue to maintain H-1B status, you can move and work for another H-1B employer after they have filed the petition in your behalf.
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