H1B Stamping Drop Box and travel when Transfer is in progress

Hi All,

please provide your valuable info in my case…

  1. I’m working in an MNC full time. My visa expired in October 2017 and my extended petition is valid till 2020 with my old employer with i94 extended till 2020.

  2. I applied for a new company full time and the petition status is rfe replied currently and expecting an update by next week as it is filed in PP and didn’t join the company yet.

  3. on an urgency I need to travel to India and get my Visa stamped through Drop Box which I’m eligible for.

  4. will there be any issue at POE if my transfer petiton gets approved when I’m in India?

is there any risk of stamping on old employers petiton and travel back to work for Old employer??

i have plan to join the new employer after my return.

Awaiting your inputs.

Any inputs? I am in same situation but my h1b transfer has been approved with lesser duration. I am thinking to join new employer or not and i am still with old employer. Have to Travel to India on Urgency. Have stamping with dropbox option. Can i get stamped with my old employer even my H1b Transfer is approved? Any one have successful Visa stamping? Any inputs?


Yes you can go for drop box with old employer with no issues. I did the same, I got my stamping done and joined new employer after my travel.

Thank you Manudeep. There was any questions related to your H1b Transfer?

I went for Dropbox and there were no questions about my transfer. I’m sure that there is no dependency on one other both are individual petitions it’s your wish whom you want to work with and get stamped with, make sure that you work for old employer on your return (and then ur wish)if you are going to get stamped vth Old employer.

Thanks Manudeep. it helps!

Hi Manudeep,

Had one more question, whether your transfer is approved when you left US?

Because i got an I94 associated with the H1 transfer. If i travel for vacation and get it stamped with current employer, i will get the end date in i94 as what i have in Current employer petition. After return, i am planning to work for current employer for 2 weeks. After two weeks, i am planning to switch to new employer. How can we extend this i94 after i Move to new employer? Any experience?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Manudeep, Any inputs? Thanks in advance.

May I know why do you need I94 change?? Until unless you have valid petition with the future employer you will be good to work. If you really need it your new company attorney can request uscis to modify the I94 according to the new petition. But I don’t think it is of any use to you if you have valid H1B petition for the future company. On your future travels automatically I94 will gets updated.

Thanks Manudeep. Company A employer petition has validity till Jan 2020 and company B employer petition has validity till June 2021. Since I will be using company A petition at POE, I will be getting i94 date as Jan 2020. After entering US, I will be working for 2 weeks with company A and switching to Companby B. Since the i94 was granted based on company A’s petition, whether I can switch to company b without changing i94?

Hi Manudeep, Can you please let me know if you have any inputs? Thanks in advance.

Hi Manudeep, i94 was granted based on company A’s petition, whether I can switch to company b without changing i94? Just i have approval notice from employer B which is valid till 2021. i need to get this i94 changed? Thanks.

i am in same situvation is you stamping go through without any questions? im not eligible for drop box so going for chennai consulate for stamping did they asked any questions about the other petition in progress ?

Your answer will be very helpfull. Thanks in advance

Hi ,

I didnt go for visa stamping, after COE approval I went for Dropbox with my Old Employer petition and no queries for me during drop box. I joined new company after coming back to US.