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Maintaining Legal Status

H-1B status is like a contract, and it is specific to one employer and a range of dates as listed on the I-797 approval notice. In order to remain in legal H-1B status, the worker must maintain each element of the original application including:

  • salary
  • work location
  • full-time
  • appointment title
  • field of work     
  • job duties
  • and other conditions

If the hiring department wants to change any of these conditions, they must consult with International Services first. In some cases a new H-1B application and fees are required to make changes in the employment.

A worker may work for more than one employer, but each employer must file a separate H-1B application.

Finally, it is important to note that all non-immigrant visa holders are required to notify the Office of International Services within 10 days of a change of residential address. H-1B visa holders may report a change of address by completing Form AR-11 or Form AR-11SR. You can update your address on the USCIS website.

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Pamela Melton
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M-F, 10 am - 5 pm
Office of International Services
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27407
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