Say H1B (COS from H4) is approved on Jan4, how many days can i wait before I join the job?

Asked about 2 years ago - Union City, CA

I know my immigration status changes to H1B on Jan 4 itself. Say I decide not to join job, within what time frame do I need to file COS to H4?

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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman


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    Answered . You should start working on the date stated in the H-1B petition.

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  2. Rehim Babaoglu

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . You should know your start date for H-1B employment, as it is stated in your company's petition. Without the company's permission for a reasonable delay in reporting to work, you are in danger of violating your visa status.

  3. Christian Schmidt

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

  4. Tripti Sharad Sharma


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You should join the company to maintain status.

    This response is general in nature and cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known.... more

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