I originally had a visa stamp based on H-1B petition filed by Employer A. When i was in the US, my H-1B was transferred to Employer B. Now I have to travel back to my home country. The visa stamp endorsed to Employer A on my passport has already expired. What should i do?
You should not travel outside the United States, unless you have an approved H-1B Petition from Employer B, since your original visa stamp on the passport has expired, and you would need a stamping of your visa by Employer B. If your H-1B with Employer B is pending, request Employer B to convert processing from regular to premium. This will guarantee you the result of the pending petition in 15 days. Once you reach your home country, you would have to take an appointment at a US Consulate for visa stamping, fill out the DS-156 form, and appear for a visa interview on the scheduled date.
You will have to carry all the relevant papers including, but not limited to:
- Offer Letter and Employment Agreement from Employer B
- H-1B Approval Notice (original) from Employer B
- Any paystubs from Employer B
- A certified copy of the Labor Condition Application (LCA) properly documenting the salary, and location of work
- If you are working from a Vendor or client of Employer B, also carry time sheets, invoices, copy of ID card, pictures etc.
- Carry paystubs, W-2 from Employer A as well, just in case if there are any questions related to maintaining H-1B status when you were employed with Employer A