Navigating the H1B Visa Transfer Process
An H1B transfer allows individuals to change employers without needing permission from their previous employer. To initiate the process, the new employer must file an I-129 form with the USCIS, and the employee must provide documents such as their current H1B visa, passport, and employment offer letter.
The process can take 3-8 weeks and involves fees, including an ACWIA fee ($750-$1,500), a fraud prevention and detection fee ($500), a public law fee (up to $4,000), I-129 filing fees, and a premium processing fee ($1,225).
The H1B transfer application process can take 3 to 8 weeks for the application and transfer to be completed. Delays can occur during this time, so it’s essential to plan and prepare for this, ensure you have enough money to live on if needed, and understand that there could be further delays. If necessary, you can ask your new employer to request premium processing time to expedite the application process.
In the event that your H1B transfer application is declined, it’s important to understand the reasons why and what actions you can take. A rejection typically occurs due to missing information and requires you to reapply, while a denial happens when you or your employer do not meet the necessary requirements for an H1B transfer. Ensure that you have all the relevant documents and information to make the process smoother and more successful.