Need New H1B Visa Stamping after Transfer? Re-stamping ? H4? FAQs

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 164 Comments

Many of the H1B holders in US or in their home country, go through something called H1B Visa Transfer Process, when they wish to change employers. One of the common questions that comes to mind is the validity of their H1B Visa stamping on their passport. Do they need get new visa stamp  ? If they need to renew H1B Visa stamp or go for re-stamping ? We will cover these topics in this article.

What is H1B Visa Stamping in Passport ? How does it Look ? Employer Annotation ?

You need a Visa to enter US. Depending on your purpose to enter US, you get a different class of visa. If you would like work in US as international as high skilled worker, you will need to get US visa of class ‘H1B’ stamped on your passport. H1B Visa stamp is a sticker or foil that is put in your passport (glued to your passport page ), when you go through H1B Visa Stamping Process after your H1B approval from USCIS. It looks like below with classification stated as H1B. Also, one key thing to note is that it usually has annotation with employer name and case number. Also, there could be other visa annotations like Clearance Received.  The employer name on the visa stamp would be same as the Employer Name listed on the original H1B approval notice I797 from your employer. The confusing part of H1B stamp validity is the  employer name and H1B Case Number printed on the visa. With the name of the employer on the stamp, many assume that the visa stamp is tied to employer and they need a new one, after H1B transfer.

H1B US Visa Sample with Annotation of Employer Name and Receipt Number

Do you need New Visa Stamping after H1B Transfer ? What is the validity of H1B Visa Stamp after Change of Employer?

The name of employer on the H1B Visa stamp is not really tied with the validity of the stamp.  It is printed as annotation indicating the name of the employer, who sponsored H1B with USCIS. The H1B Visa stamp is not really employer specific. Annotations on visa are for guidance and do not dictate the validity of the visa stamp.  H1B Visa Stamp on your passport remains valid for the entire duration of the validity as indicated on the stamp. If you look above sample visa stamp, it tells the expiration date, which is the end date of the validity of the H1B visa stamp.  Also, under entries, if you have the letter ‘M’, it means your visa is valid for Multiple entries until the expiration date of the H1B stamp. You can use your valid H1B visa stamp ( even with your old employer name and case number) for your travel after H1B transfer with all other supporting documents of the new employer like approval notice, offer letter, etc.

Documents to present at Port of Entry after H1B Transfer with H1B Stamp from Previous Employer ?

When you enter US with your H1B stamp from previous employer, you will need to make sure you present current documents related to your new employer and indicate that you have transferred to make sure your I-94 end date reflects your new H1B petition end date and they enter your current employer details in the system. The documents are pretty standard and below is the list

  • Original H1B Transfer Approval Notice ( I-797 form)
  • Employment offer letter, agreement ( if any)
  • LCA tied to the H1B transfer
  • Recent Pay Stubs, if you are already in US ands worked there.
  • Carry a copy of your old H1B approval notice and offer letter, pay stubs, etc. as  supporting documents, if asked.
  • Contact Info of your new employer
  • Additional information tied to your profile like Education Certificates, Professional licenses, etc.

Does your Spouse/ Children on H4 Visa need a new Stamp after H1B Transfer ?

No, the same concept explained above applies to H4 visa dependents as well. If the H4 visa holder’s visa stamp on passport is valid, they can use the same visa stamp and present the New H1B approval notice copy of their spouse after transfer. They do not need to go for re-stamping.

Can my old employer Revoke or cancel my H1B Visa Stamp on passport ?

No, your employer cannot revoke or cancel your H1B visa stamp on passport. They can only withdraw the petition from USCIS indicating the end of employer, but they cannot really do anything with your visa stamping and it has no impact.

Can my H1B Visa Stamp be revoked by Government Official / Consular ? What is Prudential Revocation ?

Your H1B Visa stamp can be revoked by US Consulate based on request from Government officials or any US Government Agency for issues related to law enforcement. The could be for instances such as DUI or national security, etc. The revocation done as per the request from government official is called ‘prudential revocation’.  Below screenshot is the official rule on US website.  If such things happen, you would be very likely informed via email that your visa revoked and you cannot use it. Having a visa revocation does not necessarily impact your current status in US and you may stay in US, but cannot re-enter US with the same visa. Read US Visa vs Status, if you want to know the difference.  If you end up in such situations, it is best to contact your immigration attorney to seek help.US Visa Prudential Revocation DUI

I have valid H1B Visa Stamp, but I do not work for my old employer. Can I travel to US with my H1B Visa stamp and find employer there and do H1B Transfer?

No, you cannot travel to US on your old employer’s stamp in this case, because you do NOT have valid employment from anyone in US with supporting approval notice from USCIS. You can only use H1B Stamp from previous employer, if you have Valid H1B approval notice from an employer and they are willing to pay you so that you can work on H1B status in US. Trying to enter US, just with valid H1B stamp without a proper H1B approval notice and job from an employer in US is illegal and you will face issues at Port of Entry.

I have H1B visa approval notice and visa stamp from Employer A. I have done H1B transfer to Employer B before traveling to US. I have never been to US on H1B visa. Can I use my H1B Visa stamp from Employer A as it did not expire yet ? Do I need re-stamping after H1B transfer to Employer B ?

You can use your H1B Stamp from Employer A to enter US along with your Valid H1B Approval notice from Employer B. You traveling to US for the first time does not matter  as long as your H1B visa stamp is valid in passport. You need ensure you carry all the documents related to your new employer B and also copies of Employer A approval notice, so that you have all of that covered.

What has been your experience with H1B Visa Transfer and using Visa Stamp from Old employer  at Port of Entry ?


Other Articles

Comments ( 164 )

  1. Shilpa

    Hi Kumar,

    All these posts are very useful who need guidance on H1B… greatly appreciated…

    I have also few queries as below, Hopefully you can help in this regards:

    1. My H1B LCA amendment in progress now with employer A. Now I got an offer from a company B and they are ready to process the H1B transfer. Will there be any impact in this case while processing the H1B transfer?

    2. Secondly, if LCA Amendment went into RFE… in such case if Employer B try to process the H1B transfer.. will there be any impact?(One of my colleague got RFE when he did the Visa Amendment application).

    Thank you in advance !


    1. administrator

      1. No, it should not have any impact.
      2. No, they are not related. Think about it, B is applying for a new H1B Petition using your old petition approval to be cap exempt. so, they are not really related. It could be just coincidence.

  2. Sankara

    Hi Kumar,

    I have seen all the threads and very helpful for the people who are working in USA in Job visa. I have few query, hopefully you can help me.

    I am currently in USA with employer A with valid visa till December 2021. I am under an interview process with employer B and it is almost through and they are ready to file the H1B. I do not want to switch from Employer A till my H1B is approved for new employer B and i do not want to disclose the new employer details to my current employer. In such scenario, which of the below option would be better

    I assume both the below options are different process and i can opt one of these while changing the employer.

    1. Visa Transfer in Premium
    2. New H1B in Premium

    3. If i go for Premium , will i get to know about the new employer H1B status in 15 days, so that i can take decision to resign from my current employer?


    1. administrator

      Technically, when they file transfer, they are filing a new petition using your previous approval, so that you are not counted towards the cap.

      The best option is to always go with premium, once you have the decision, then you can be confident about the move.

      1. Sankara

        Hi Kumar, Thank you so much for reply.

        Is there any chance my current company will know about this transfer process unless I inform them?


          1. Sankara

            Thank you Kumar. I have one more question, hopefully you will be able to help me!

            During the H1B transfer process ( considering normal), whether I will be travel to India with my dependents and come back after few weeks?

            Will there be any issue?

          2. administrator

            Well, when the process is going on, it is usually not suggested to travel as the I-94 would change, if you exit and re-enter. Ideally, upgrade the transfer to premium processing, get the decision and then travel…talk to your attorney and plan,

  3. Andy


    I am currently in US and have a valid H1 visa till year 2022 from employer A. Thinking of transferring to employer B very soon. Reading through the forum a lot of my questions are already answered. I still have couple questions and if you can answer them, that will be great help.
    1. I am planning to travel to home country in the next 4 or 5 months for short duration. By that time I will be working with employer B for about 4 months. Does my existing visa from old employer will still be valid or it is required (or highly recommended) for me to go for new stamping?
    2. Is there a document from the immigration department that explains this particular scenario of traveling with visa from old employer? If there is that would be helpful to carry with me and will provide an added level of satisfaction.

    Again, I greatly appreciate your efforts in writing about this and also answering questions from people like me.

    Thank you!

    1. administrator

      1. no need to go for stamping.
      2. I do not think so they put it explicitly like this for transfers. You can write to CBP, get a confirmation email from them and carry that.

  4. Kumar

    I have a visa stamp from my ex-employer till July 2021 but looks like they have withdrawn the petition and the case status is shown as revoked (due to employment termination).

    I have done a transfer to a new employer and have a valid 797. Can I travel to India and come back to the US on my old employers’s h1 visa stamp? I am not sure if the old employer’s visa revocation will create an issue?


  5. Ajith

    Hi, your article was very helpful.
    I have a question. Its bit urgent and very important! If you can help that would be great!
    I traveled to US with my H1-B visa in march 2020 from my company A. I have valid visa till 2nd Sept 2020. My company A was been acquired by company B. Due to urgent required I traveled from company A and once I got my first paycheck company B applied petition transfer with extension.
    My petition transfer case is been approved with extension till Mar 2023.
    Due to family emergency I need to travel to India soon. Can I travel back to USA without new stamping (As H1-B stamping is in hold) with latest I-797A form.
    Also my wife and kids H4 stamping is pending. Once I reach Inida I will initiate my family H4 visa will this impack there H4 stamping.
    Will be there any issue while port of entry?

    Thank you in advance !

    1. administrator

      You can re-enter US as long as it is valid and you have supporting I-797 approval notice. The visa does not have to be on the new company name. As per you, sep 2nd has expired, so not sure how you can.

  6. Debs


    I have a valid H1B stamp and H4 stamp for my spouse till March 2022, we have both never been to the U.S

    I was laid off by my employer in May 2020.

    I couldn’t find another company to file a transfer for me.

    I have just found a company who have filed a fresh H1B petition for me (not a transfer)

    Do I still have to go for visa stamping? Or can I go with my existing valid Visa?

    I spoke with the new company’s Immigration attorney and he says I can’t travel with the existing visa.

    I am a bit confused. Pls help out

    1. administrator

      Well, technically you can use the same visa and travel to US…The reason is, your visa is valid and as long as you have supporting documentation, you are fine.
      Email the CBP office and get confirmation, so that you can carry that along with you. Also, you can go for H1B visa renewal using dropbox as your visa is not expired.

  7. Labdhi K

    Hi, your article was very helpful.
    I have a question. Its also a bit urgent and very important! If you can help that would be great!
    I visited india in march 2020 and since then I could not return to states due to the pandemic. I have a current h1b visa from company A valid till sep 2022. Meanwhile during the pandemic ,my company decided to get acquired and I had to file for a transfer. My transfer with compamy B got approved and I received a i797B form.
    This will be my first return to states on h1b visa. Can I reenter US on existing h1b from company A and a new approval letter with i797B form from compamy B? Will this be sufficient to clear the port of entry ?

    Thank you in advance !

  8. Maria

    I’m in the USA and have an H1B visa with my current employer A valid until Oct 2021. I got a job offer from an employer B and I am about to start the transfer process. Due to the COVID situation, I was planning to leave the country next month and come back home for a couple of months in Colombia. My questions are:

    1. Can I do the transfer process while I am in Colombia?
    2. Can I come back to the USA using my current H1B stamp if I transfer?
    3. In the case, that the USA embassy in Colombia is closed due to the COVID and my stamped H1B visa expires, How can I come back to the USA?

    Thank you so much for your help! Your article was extremely usefull!

    1. administrator

      1. You can.
      2. Yes, you need all approved documents though
      3. You cannot come back, if the visa is not valid.
      It is not preferred to travel during this time as anything can happen. Unless really emergency, do not travel..

    2. Chinmay


      I’m outside the USA right now and have a H1B visa stamp on my passport from my previous employer for whom I do not work now. The expiry on that H1B visa is August 2021.

      However, I have a approved I-797 from the USCIS for a new employer that I wish to work for and who has transferred my H1B.

      My questions are:

      1. With the current presidential proclamation (06/22/2020) in place, am I allowed to travel to the USA on the H1B visa stamp that I hold from my previous employer?

      2. Do I need to get a visa stamp from the U.S consulate in my home country for the new employers’ I-797 before I can travel to the USA?

      Thank you so much for your help and writing such a helpful article!

      1. administrator

        1. Yes as long as your H1B visa is valid.
        2. Not needed.
        I suggest you also check with your attorney before you travel and then make an informed decision.

  9. Debby

    I got laid off by my Employer shortly after my H1B and my spouse H4 visas were stamped, we never entered U.S with the visa.
    If I have a new H4 dependent (Newborn baby)
    by the time I find a new Employer to file a petition for me, can I just apply for H4 visa for the baby?
    Or we must all apply for new visas?


    1. administrator

      You can just apply for your daughter as long as it is valid. Double check with your attorney as well as your case is slightly different.

  10. Jun

    With all these new 2020 US visa restriction proclamation, do they require specific requirements at the port of entry? On my case I have my H4 dependent still on my home country, and with the travel restriction just easing off and are only able to travel just now. We have already completed the visa stamping together last year when I was still back there on my home country, and our Visa validity is until Sep 2021. And I also have this additional situation where in my passport is set to expire in 7 months when I enter the US last Feb 2020, so when I landed here they gave my I-94 stamp until Aug 5, 2020 which is the expiration of my passport, and that resulted me to file for an work permit extension already for a month or so. I have already completed the passport renewal and have my new passport valid for another 10 years, and then already completed the work permit extension and got my approval notice that indicates new i-94 dates and valid until 2022. I inquire this on our company immigration team and they mentioned I need to have my dependent to get their passport re-stamped to get them to issue a Visa valid until 2022. My question is my dependent H4 visa is still valid until Sep 2021, why do I need to get it re-stamped? You mentioned on your explanation above the re-stamping is not required you just need to provide relevant documents to support any change, does this cover this situation as well? Last question can my dependents travel already to finally join me here in the US using their existing H4 stamped visa that is valid until 2021 and the copy of my new approval notice as additional supporting documents? I misses them a lot specially in this pandemic situation where in we are stuck at home, and me living all alone by my self for 5 months already. I really hope you could help answer these questions. Thanks in advance!

    1. administrator

      As long as their H4 Stamp in passport is valid and they have your latest H1B documentation, they can travel back. The restriction does not apply to them. I suggest you check with your attorney once that your spouse would be arriving on H4 now and seek their advice to be sure.

      1. Rahul


        My current H1B visa expires on 26th Aug 2020 and my employer had filed for an extension on Jul 5th 2020 with Nebraska USICS and have also got a I-797C reciept notice. I have some questions –

        In the document i see the following lines – what does this mean?
        work authorization will only continue while this application or petition remains pending if expressly provided by statute or regulation and subject to any limitations prescribed therein

        Will my I-94 be updated as my employer has filed some 50 days before the first term expiration?

          1. Sumit

            Hi Kumar, Thanks for the information. I have few questions. My visa was stamped in Feb 2020 and in the visa the validity was till July 2020 but i couldn’t travel to US from India. MY question are
            1. As my client don’t want me to work with them in US. Is current h1b is still valid. I never travelled (from base country India) on that visa and the visa validity also expired.
            2. Can i extend the same visa with new client. I need to file extension and amendment both soon i get a new client. Will the same visa still valid.
            3. Can i switch to a different company (not only client) and still the same visa be valid after extension and amendment.

          2. administrator

            This is grey area. As you have got H1B stamping done, you are very likely to be considered for getting cap exempt H1B transfer. Meaning, you can try for transfer and it will very likely be accepted without going through lottery again. If the previous company wants to file they will file as extension, otherwise it would be a transfer.

  11. chandra

    Hi ,

    I have a valid H1B stamped visa with an employer A till Jul 31, 2020. I stopped working for the employer in May 2019. i started working with employer B on h1b receipt. my transfer application was denied so came back to India.

    they re-applied when I am in India and got my h1b approved and got a new I797 petition.

    my employer A hasn’t revoked or canceled my visa. Can I go back to us as there are only few days left on my stamped visa.
    Can I travel back to US with my valid stamped visa from Employer A?

    I have approved i797 till Mar 2022


    1. administrator

      As long as your visa is valid on passport and you have all documents in tact, you should be fine to travel using that visa and new I-797 approval. Check with your attorney and carry all relevant documentation.

  12. Vaibhav

    If I change my work location city with the same employer within the USA, I understand I need to file for an H1B petition amendment. However, will I also be required to get a new visa stamping the next time I leave USA?

  13. Amit Gupta

    Hi ,

    I have a valid H1B stamped visa with an employer A till Jan 2021. I changed my employer in Sep 2019 to an Employer B within US. After working for Employer B for 3 months I resigned and came back to India. Then I found a new employer C in US and they filed my H1B transfer and got new I797 petition . My question is , Can I travel back to US with my valid stamped visa from Employer A and new approved I797 petition from Employer C as new H1B visa is suspended till December 2020.


    1. administrator

      Amit Gupta,
      Yes, you can as long as your H1B stamp is valid and you have all documentation that is bona fide.

  14. Debs

    I got my H1B visa stamped on 19th March 2020. Before I could plan to enter the U.S, the pandemic started and my country closed airports.

    My Employer contacted me that they would withdraw the petition from USCIS.

    On 21st May 2020, I tracked my case status on USCIS and I saw that a revocation notice was sent.

    1. Does this affect my visa in anyway?

    2. Am I eligible for h1b transfer?

    3. If I find a new Employer to file a petition on my behalf do I have to go for a fresh visa stamping? Can I travel with my previous H1b visa? Thank you

    1. administrator

      1. It will not directly affect the visa stamped, but you cannot enter US for the same employer, unless, they file a new H1B and get it approved.
      2. yes.
      3. you may not need to go for stamping again, as you already have got H1B stamping and it would be technically a transfer and you can re-use it. Discuss with the attorney as well at your new transferring company and then plan it out.

  15. Rita


    My h1b got denied last August and my employer filed appeal for me. Meanwhile, I went back to my home country working remotely and waiting for the result.

    In this January, I left the company for some reason, however a week after I left, the attorney informed me that my h1b appeal approved and my h1b officially approved as well.
    I have never been in h1b status in the US and so far I haven’t had my visa stamp yet. That being said, my h1b hasn’t been activated.

    In this situation:

    1. Can I do transfer if there is a new employer willing to sponsor without stamping? And after the new h1b petition gets approved I go stamping


    2. I should go visa stamping first even I already left old employer and then do transfer?


    1. administrator

      1. It is grey area…Well, if you have not had stamping, it may not be possible…If you had stamping, there are more chances.
      2. You can go for stamping now too, does not stop.
      As I said, this is grey area, if you have someone willing to transfer, you can try it…

      1. Rita Lee


        Thanks for your help.
        One more question here: you said I can go for stamping now so that means it is ok to go even I already left my previous employer?

        Just want to double confirm before I move.

        1. administrator

          You can go, provided, the old employer gives you all the information and supports you with Job. The reality is, you need commitment from old employer that they will hire you back on H1B in US.

Leave a Comment

Comments Policy :
  • Comments are to drive conversation, add your thoughts, experiences, ask questions!
  • Do NOT write hate speech, swear words, or get into fight. Maintain etiquette
  • Enter your Name, valid Email, URL(optional - Facebook, LinkedIn profile URLs).
  • Your email will NOT be published. Do NOT post any phone numbers, email-ids
  • Do NOT post any links from other websites, unless official sites, University websites.
  • By submitting your comment, you agree to Term and Conditions of our website.