I'm on H1B status and I'm working for Company A. I got an offer letter from Company B. I'm expecting the receipt number from USCIS next week and my joining date is two weeks after that. I heard that I can start working for Company B after I receive the receipt number. Can I take off (say for a week or 10 days) after I get the receipt number from USCIS and before joining Company B. I'm not planning to go anywhere outside the country though. Is it legal to stay in states on H1B without getting paid?
Possibly yes, but it would have to be carefully structured so the start date on the h1b leaves no gap but allows you to take time off. The only way you can be "between jobs" is if your i94 remains valid. However, any answers you get here are speculation and you should definitely contact Company B's attorney for more specific advice.
Dhenu Savla, Esq.
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