If my work start date is October 1st what is the earliest exact date I can enter the US on my H1B visa?

Asked 10 months ago - Chicago, IL

I had a J1 visa for a couple years. Now I will start my new job on October 1st on my
H1B (everything approved, already got the visa stamp since I'm vacationing in Germany right now). I know that I can only enter the US 10 days prior to my job start date, but I am a little bit confused what exact date that means since I found people saying that the earliest date of entry is 09/20 or 09/21. So my question is which one is it? I already booked my flight back for the 20th and if I have to change it to the 21st I need to know soon. Thank you very much in advance.

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  1. Karen-Lee Pollak

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    Answered . You should be fine with a flight on the 20th

  2. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . September 20

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  3. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . Good question, I recommend September 21 ... but have heard the people enter w/o problems on the 20th.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- franco@capriotti.com -- www.capriotti.com -- This blog posting... more
  4. Gunda Johanna Brost

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    Answered . Did you take the time change into consideration?

    This advice does not form an attorney-client relationship and is merely informative. It should not by itself be... more
  5. John K Lassen

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    Answered . Sep 20

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