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Just signed an offer with FAANG and initiating H1B transfer. Found that premium processing suspended so could take 4-8 months! Lawyer said I could start just on “receipt” instead of approval...

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What function does the role belong to? Software? Strategy? If strategy, I’ll apply the same level of rigor to the application like I’d do if I got a specialty RFE. You should lean heavily on your technical background to demonstrate your fit for the role. I’m told this increases the chances of an approval. You should also continue recruiting as a fallback plan.

Good point. Thanks!

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I joined AWS on receipt last year but the circumstances are very different. I had 3 offers but I had only heard from my friends about how amazon usually lets you interview for roles outside of the country in case you have visa issues. Having now been here for a year, I know it’s true. That and their h1b approval percentage, which was 98%, made me decide that I could take this calculated risk. One caveat is that I’m a technical PM.

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Premium will probably open up before the 4-8 months is up. You could stay at McK for now with a pending (regular) application, and upgrade as soon as premium opens. Then you can transfer if approved

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If it is tech, I would join on receipt, likely will not be rejected at FANG. For anything else, I would wait. Premium will return eventually probably in the next 3-4 months, and they could upgrade for a decision. Even in normal processing I was approved in 3 months last year while PP was suspended.

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You are better off this way. It’s better to get approval before you join.

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What is the role and how long have you been at McKinsey?

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2 years at McK - role is strategy

I joined FAANG in a non-tech role in 2018. My petition was approved with no delay. I know a few other people who, too, didn’t have any issues.

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... risk is that if the transfer is rejected, I’d have to leave the job immediately and the country in 60 days. Is it worth the risk? How should I think about this situation?

Thank you and good luck to you!!

if it is a pure technical role at FaanG... fairly safe to join on receipt ....Dont see any issues..but Do not risk it on receipt if it is non technical role.

Yes non technical role... in leaning on taking the risk atm...

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A risk averse Deloitte guy will advise you to either stay or do detailed pros and cons analysis and leave it up to higher authority to decide. A Mck guy should already have an answer in one of his internal shared drives

What ?! That is the least helpful answer.

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I thought premium processing was only suspended for applicants subjected to a cap

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