Immigration Issues/H1B approval lost

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Hi,

I am a student and have a valid I-20 till December. My H-1B was approved about two months back. I have a soft copy of the form I-797A, however, I never received a hard copy of the I-797 forms from the company that filed it.

Is the soft copy of the approval sufficient to begin employment with the company that filed my H-1B? in other words, is it necessary to produce the original hard copy of the H-1B approval before beginning employment.

Thanks!  

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Hi,

Assuming that the approval notice states that you were granted "change of status" to H1B, you are automatically in H1B status as of the start date noted on the H1B approval notice, even if you do not possess any copy of the approval notice.

Therefore, the soft copy of the approval notice is sufficient to begin work for the H1B employer. Indeed, if you were granted change of status to H1B, you must work for the H1B employer in order to not violate your non-immigrant visa status.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.h1b1.com

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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