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Changing employer during visa processing.

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I am currently on a L1B visa, and have been for 3 years. This year my attorney is recommending I transfer to a H1B visa. If my petition is granted, can I change employer before October prior collecting my H1B visa in my passport? Do I need to physically have the H1B visa in my passport prior to looking for a new employer?

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Attorney answers 2


Do you have a potential employer in mind ... or are you just exploring your options?

Simply put, it is never a good idea to change employers while papers are 'in the works'.

Other questions would be best discussed in private, with a different lawyer than the one that works for your employer.

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Visa is for travel, it is not proof of your status. Regarding changing employers, I strongly recommend not to file multiple petitions simultaneously as they can create confusion especially if they are filed as change of status petitions seeking a particular date when the status automatically changes. Speak to a competent immigration attorney to discuss your options.

This response is general in nature and cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known. Any comments offered on Avvo are of a general nature only, and are not meant to create an attorney-client relationship. If you would like additional information based on this response, please contact my office at 510 657 7665 to schedule a consultation.