Can anyone tell me if following plan is safest way to change employment before Oct1 while currently having approved H1B?
Company A had sponsored H1B for me which got approved. Now Company B is willing to hire me. Company B is going to apply for H1B “transfer”. If H1b transfer is approved before Oct1 then I can join company B and work till 30 Sept on OPT while H1B period for Company B will be effective starting Oct1.
To be on the safer side, I am not going to leave my current employment until Company B’s H1B petition gets approved although I can start working for Company B on my OPT anytime now and have them simultaniously work on H1B transfer.
Please let me know your opinion/advice. Some doubts I have in mind are:
Since my H1B wont be effective till Oct1, can Company B apply for H1B “transfer” before Oct1? If I am not on H1B until Oct1 the how can H1b transfer be applied before Oct1? I do have H1B approval notice from current employer and current paystubs. Some forums suggest that H1B transfer can be done while other suggest its a tricky process and lawyer has to be very experienced.
This might be the dumbest question but are there any complications if Company B files for H1B transfer before Oct1 and it gets approved after Oct1? I guess I still can continue working with current employer even after Oct1 till transfer gets approved.
All inputs will be helpful and very much appreciated.