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Can I join new employer while my H1B petition from another employer is pending?

Richmond, CA |

I am working on F1 CPT. My H1B is filled by employer 'X'. Now I would like to change my job and would like to join employer 'Y'. If my H1B gets approved from employer 'X' in 4-5 months from now, will I be able to transfer that H1B to employer 'Y'?
Please advise!


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If your H-1B employer is your CPT employer, what makes you think they will continue the process if you leave?

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Mr. Ferrari is correct ... 'jumping ship' before the initial papers have been processed is a clear sign of a dis-loyal employee.

X will probably cancel the papers and, even if Y is willing to hire you, Z probably won't be.

This is not a good plan.

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You can transfer ot employer Y but I would wait for approval of the H first.