This article will discuss:
What is Concurrent H1B?
Concurrent H1B means that an H-1B non-immigrant worker may be employed by several employers concurrently (at the same time).
This essentially means that USCIS allows you to work on multiple jobs if you have approved ‘CONCURRENT‘ H1Bs.
A Software Engineer working with Employer A’s H1B full time can also work as system consultant for employer B.
Can I work in H1B status for two different employers if the jobs are in completely different fields?
YES, It is possible if you have the qualifications in more than one area to have H1Bs approved in different fields.
The expertise have to be proved with same level of documentation as used for primary H1B application.
The second employment also should be eligible on H1B visa parameters as set by USCIS.
You have to find an employer who can sponsor you and can file ‘concurrent’ H1B for you.
As an individual, you cannot apply it directly with USCIS.
Primary H1B with full time employment should be mentioned on DS 160 form for visa stamping.
You can start working for the second employer once the H-1B petition is filed with and received by USCIS.
There is no need to wait for USCIS approval.
There is no limit on the number of hours you can work using concurrent H1B.
Yes, it is legally possible to have two full-time concurrent H1Bs and work on two full-time jobs from your home.
But, the chances are low for second full time H1B approval unless USCIS is satisfied that you can really work 80 hours per week.
The Concurrent H1B is also required to be a specialty occupation. It must meet all other requirements of regular H1B petition too like employer employee relationship, concrete project information and client letters.
USCIS does not explicitly send information about second employer B’s concurrent H1B to primary H1B (first employer A).
You are also under no obligation to inform your employer A about employer B.
On the other hand, Employer B has to be informed about Employer A’s H1B. This is because Employer B has to specifically mention it in the H1B application that is is ‘CONCURRENT‘ H1B.
There is no official limit on how many Concurrent H1B’s you can hold simultaneously.
But you should be careful with the total number of hours per week that he plans to work.
USCIS may not approve the concurrent H1B if they feel that it is not possible to work as per your claims.
You do not need to apply for a “second stamping” for your concurrent H1B job.
It is sufficient that you have one valid H1B visa “stamp” in your passport to re-enter USA, if you travel outside.
You should carry the following as a proof though:
2nd concurrent H1B’s USCIS i797 Approval Notice, 3 most recent pay stubs for each H1B job and an employment verification letter by each employer.
The concurrent H1B filing fees is same as a standard H1B application. Premium processing is available too.
You can hold L1 and H1B work visas at same time but can only use one of them at a time to work in USA.
You cannot use both at the same to do multiple jobs.
You can have both H4 EAd card and H1B at same time but can only use one of them at a time for your employment in USA.
H4 EAD can only be used if your i94 shows your status as H4.
You cannot have more than one status at one time in USA.
Is i140 Processing Affected by Concurrent H1B?
I140 processing is not affected by multiple H1Bs.
Can we File Concurrent H1B at the time of lottery?
You cannot file concurrent H1B application at the time of lottery. Lottery application means that you need to go through the H1B quota at-least once.
Once you have got the H1B lottery selection, then you can file another secondary H1B as a concurrent H1b once you are in USA.