Employment Changes

Changing Employer 

  • H-1B employment is employer, location, and position specific.
  • An H-1B employee who has obtained H-1B status through one employer may not work for another employer unless the second employer has filed an H-1B petition with the USCIS for employment with the new employer.
  • H-1B employees must remain employed with the current employer until the new employer has received evidence that the new petition has been receipted by USCIS. There cannot be any gap in H employment status.

Changing UCB Departments

Notify Berkeley International Office if you will be changing departments at h1b@berkeley.edu. We must evaluate if a new or amended petition is necessary before you assume your job duties with the new department.

Receiving Outside Payments

H-1B employees may receive payment or reimbursement for travel expenses associated with occasional speeches, lectures, conferences, or consultations at other institutions, if these activities are incidental to the H-1B employment. However, they may not be paid an honorarium, wage, or salary, and may not derive a monetary or other material gain from these activities.

Please consult with Berkeley International Office at h1b@berkeley.edu if you have any additional questions