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prianca152

Switching employer while on STEM OPT before the H1b start date

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Hi,

I am currently working in US on STEM OPT which is valid for two more years. If I get my H1b approved via employer A through consular processing, I believe I have an ability to choose the start date for H1b. Can I switch to employer B using my STEM OPT before the start date of H1b? 

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No, you would have to start working on the H1 for the original employer before a transfer would be possible.

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Since you are still on OPT, you can switch to Employer B and work for them on OPT. But your H1 can't be transferred to Employer B. If you leave Emp A and he withdraws the petition, you will again have to go through the lottery.  

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On 2/14/2020 at 1:50 PM, prianca152 said:

@User099 and @gopalakrishnach thanks for your inputs. Do you know if I have an ability to start my H1b before october if I get it approved via consular processing? 

No, you will have to start on Oct 1st.

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