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H1B transfer while on EAD and I-485 pending>180 days

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Posted by magmm (27) 05 Jun 2017#1
Hi guys,

I need your help in the situation below please.

I have EAD valid till Feb 2017 and my I-485 is pending for 179 days now. I plan to switch employers soon after 180 days have passed on the pending 485 application.

The question is do I need to transfer my H-1B before I join the new company or can I do it later after I join given that I have a valid EAD? Of course if my 485 is denied, my EAD terminates right away but I plan to submit the H-1B transfer paperwork soon after I join the new company and wanted to see if that is OK or if I must submit the paper work before I join.

Much appreciated!
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Posted by nomad_musafir (30) 13 Jun 2017#2
to magmm:

You cannot switch between EAD and H1B as you please.
If you plan to be on H1B have the new employer file for H1B and then change employers. There is no such thing as H1B transfer
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Posted by magmm (27) 14 Jun 2017#3
to nomad_musafir:

Thanks. I actually ended up staying in my current company due to fears of affecting my status.
Thanks though!
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