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From H1b to K-1

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Hello,

We're just exploring our options at this stage and some advice would be very welcome. I'm here in the US on an H1b valid until early 2009. However I've been job searching as I would like to move from academic research to industry research. I've found this to be next to impossible as I would need a new H1b visa, and wouldn't be able to start a new job until October, not a very attractive proposal for an employer!

So we're looking into K-1/K-3 visas. Can I transfer to a K1/K3 while I'm here on my H1b? Could I start the application process whilst I'm still here or would I have to go home for a while? And what happens about working once I get a K1/K3? Do they expect you to live on fresh air until they approve everything? I already have a SSN, can I keep it and use it on a new visa?

Thanks so much, it's all very confusing at the moment!


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Hello,

We're just exploring our options at this stage and some advice would be very welcome. I'm here in the US on an H1b valid until early 2009. However I've been job searching as I would like to move from academic research to industry research. I've found this to be next to impossible as I would need a new H1b visa, and wouldn't be able to start a new job until October, not a very attractive proposal for an employer!

So we're looking into K-1/K-3 visas. Can I transfer to a K1/K3 while I'm here on my H1b? Could I start the application process whilst I'm still here or would I have to go home for a while? And what happens about working once I get a K1/K3? Do they expect you to live on fresh air until they approve everything? I already have a SSN, can I keep it and use it on a new visa?

Thanks so much, it's all very confusing at the moment!

K-1/K-3/IR(CR)-1 would all require a trip home....

Get married, file an I-130, I-485 & I-765 which can all be done while residing in the USA


YMMV

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