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I am currently working in industry and will be in H1B status starting October 1st. I am returning to academia for a postdoc and my advisor wants me to start around July 20th. The process has already been dragged out a bit, but is it out of line for me to ask whether the official start date can be moved to early October? We are talking about 2.5 months. I feel like getting an H1B visa is worth a lot and definitely preferable to being in J1 status which would be the case if I start in July. Does it help the university at all if they don't have to get me a J1 visa?

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    Your situation is unclear. If you’re going to work as a postdoc at a university, then that university will have to sponsor you for a visa and any previous application for a visa sponsored by your former employer will no longer matter. How would delaying your start date matter? – Brian Borchers Jun 22 '18 at 4:54
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    I believe @BrianBorchers is correct. H!B is not a green card. It requires a sponsor - your employer. You'd better hire an immigration lawyer for this. Don't set yourself up. – scaaahu Jun 22 '18 at 4:57
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    Generally speaking, an H1B visa is tied to a specific job, so if you applied for H1B status with your industry job, it will be invalid if you change jobs to your postdoc. – Alexander Woo Jun 22 '18 at 4:57
  • Your question might be better suited on Expatriates SE There are 76 questions tagged with "h1b" there. – scaaahu Jun 22 '18 at 5:12
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    @arni Given the atmosphere in the US, I do not believe you can easily switch employers on H1B at all. – scaaahu Jun 29 '18 at 7:47

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