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  1. Hi, I work as a postdoc in a research institute and currently hold H-1B visa (non-profit, cap exempt) affiliated with the university's Dept "x". My last date in Dept "x" is July 30, 2012, but I have another offer for a postdoc position in a different Dept ("Y"). in the same university. Since I am transferring from Dept "X" to "Y" in the same university, I have been told that my new Dept."Y" will file for an amended petition, rather than a new H-1B. Q1: If Dept "Y" files for amended petition before July 30(last date in Dept "x"), can I start working from August 1st if I had the Fed-ex receipt number? (Similar to how an H-1 to H-1 transfer works). Or, do I need to wait for the amended petition to be approved before I join the job. Q2: If my last date with Dept "X" is July 30, and Dept "Y" does not file for the amended petition until August 5th, then to maintain status during the 5 day gap I plan to do a COS from H-1B to H-4 (my husband is in H-1B status). If I pursue this, will Dept "Y" still be able to do an amendment petition on August 5? (To be sure, on August 5 my status would be, H-1B ended on July 30, and current waiting for H-4). Q3: In other words, do I have to be in H-1 status on the day of the amendment filing or can I be in a transition period (H-1B to H-4) COS pending on the amendment filing date. Thank you, Aksha
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    H1B to H4 while looking for job

    Thanks so much. That was very informative and I really appreciate the effort you put in. if I mail the COS application (from H1 to H4) on my last day of H1 status, what is my status from this day till the day I receive the USCIS receipt , which takes up to a month? Thanks again
  3. I am in H1B status and will end my job in the next few weeks. I am looking for new jobs and am also thinking of an H4 transfer to maintain my status (My spouse is on H1) My current employer is A My new employer is B 1. If I file a H1 transfer petition to employer B before my last day with employer A, can I stop working for employer 1 waiting for the H1 transfer decision? Say 7/31 is my last day at employer A, I file the petition to employer B on 7/15, will I be in legal status on 8/1 while I wait for my H1 transfer? 2. If not, and if I also concurrently apply for H1 to H4 transfer before 7/31, will I be in legal status on 8/1? On 8/1 I will have a H1 to H4 transfer pending and a H1 to H1 transfer pending. Thanks very much :-) Aakanksha
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    H1 to H4

    Can she quit after she sends the petition? The receipt takes weeks to come at times.
  5. akshaksha

    H1B to H4 while looking for job

    Hi all I have some urgent questions to maintain my status and would really appreciate your responses. I work for company A in H1B status with stamped visa and my employment is ending on July 31 and I want to maintain status while I look for new jobs. My spouse is on H1B with another company. Let's say I have my current job until July 31 1. If I apply for a petition to change my status to H4 today (July 2), can I continue to work in my current job on my current H1 until July 31st? 2. If I get a new job on July 15 with company B I will transfer visa from company A to company B.If July 31st is my last day at company A, will I be in valid immigration status after July 31st while I wait for my H1 transfer decision? 3. If I apply for H1 to H4 change of status today (July 2), and if I get a new job on July 15, can I submit another petition to transfer H1 from company A to B? I will be employed with company A on the day the petition is sent. 4. If the answer to #3 is YES, then can I have 2 petitions pending ie H1 to H1 transfer and H1 to H4 transfer? If yes, will I be able to withdraw the H1 to H4 petition once my H1 to H1 transfer is completed? 5. Generally speaking will I be in valid immigration status if I submit a change in status petition before my current H1 becomes invalid? Status would be "awaiting decision". Thanks so much in advance!