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venkatay

Inactive H1 Transfer

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hi, 

I Live in US and working for an employer on H4-EAD. I applied for H1 through my employer and got approval(but is inactive) in Feb'20 but as I traveled out of US while it was in process, COS got invalid. So on the document(I believe I-765), It was written that I will have to go to a consulate processing to get my H1 activated.  Due to pandemic, consulates were closed and I couldn't get it activated.

Now, I am about to change my employer. So My question is

1. Can I transfer that H1 to a new employer even though it is not active? If so how can I do it? 

2. If I cant transfer:

I have applied my H1 on my Masters quota. As I haven't gotten a chance to get it activated, Can I apply for a new H1 through a new employer on my Masters quota again ? 

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Find an experienced attorney.  Some have found success transferring approved H1b's.  

You can also try another chance at lottery for Masters quota.  

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That H1 can not get transferred until you have started working on the H1 for the original employer or at least gotten an H1 visa for the original employer.

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