With restriction of premium processing on Visa transfers, is it even worth spending time on applying for jobs, interview prep. etc? Do future employers wait for months? What are your strategies?

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My guess when you quit and tell them. My information is speculative so I would confirm with a legal expert. This has been my experience.


Mine is to wait till Feb before I appear for any interview. I don’t want to get an offer and later tell them that I can not resign on receipt. Looking to hear what others think? What are your workarounds?

The same thing was in effect around this time last year. I did resign on receipt and started working for my new employer. I didn’t face any issues at that time. However I feel like the climate has changed recently with a larger number of RFEs and denials. Doesn’t seem worth the risk.

Yea, that’s an interesting predicament. Have an offer and waiting for new employer to file transfer - hopefully they will file it by 9/10 for premium processing. Else will have to take the risk and join them on receipt since current employer won’t file GC

@Manager 2 - are you with KPMG? As far as I know KPMG is the only firm which makes it a pain to file GC.

Is the restriction on premium processing applicable to all H1 transfers? It is not clear from the uscis post

Intra company extensions aren't affected as I understand from the posting.

Only suspended when you’re transferring to a new job role within the same company of a new company with the same or different role.

@M1- so basically all H1 transfers for job change?

Yes and plus all new applications ie. lottery next year.

Feel stupid asking this, but can you transfer to a new company without your current company knowing?
If not, what’s preventing your current company from firing you as soon as they find out?
And if this happens... are you protected in any way during this 3-6mo period because the transfer is in progress?

Yes you can begin the process and they likely will not find out. I don’t think USCIS is obligated to inform the lawyer on you and I don’t even think they can provide this information if your employer asks.

Thanks M1. At what point in the process does the current employer find out? I would assume they would have to eventually...

D1, never, unless you tell them...

Hey, can someone clarify - if my 3rd h1 extension was changed to premium aug 29 that is being processed at Vermont, would it be processed premium or is it getting kicked to regular queue?

@EY1 - I am in the industry moving to consulting.

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