Hi, I live outside USA and I am applying to H1B visa on April. Is it ok to travel to USA (between April and October) for a few weeks as a tourist? I have the B2/B1 visa and I was wondering if it is OK to go visit friends while the process is pending or if I can only go after October with H1B visa.
Thank you very much!
It is OK to enter on a tourist visa based on the statements in your question.
To activate H1B status, you will need to enter the U.S. with an H1B visa.
If you qualify for a B-1/B-2, the H-1B would not render you ineligible to come as a visitor.
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As long as you have a valid tourist visa, and can successfully demonstrate that your trip is temporary, it is fine to travel.
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