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H1 transfer on old i797 without having details of new i797 or receipt number or contacting FOIA

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asked Feb 27, 2017 in H1B: Transfers by daemon (150 points)
MY Visa will be ending in March so once my employer files for extension can I use the older i797 before the new one gets approved and comes thru? Even during this time of new petition being approved/extended, I will not have any reciept number or any other details of the new petition. I will have the older i797 document. I am asking this because I want to know if I should apply for transfer while I still have existing valid i797 before it expires or can I do an H1 transfer to a new employer without having the i797 petition copy or reciept number or going thru FOIA. If I approach FOIA then my current employer will come to know, correct?

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answered Mar 1, 2017 by Attorney Emandi (4,450 points)

Yes, you can continue working if your H-1B extension petition has been filed before the expiration of your H-1B. You can also file a transfer petition while the case is pending. However, you at least require the receipt notice OR file the transfer before expiration of your current status. Also the transfer petition may not be adjudicated till the H-1B extension is adjudicated.

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