Travel and Re-entry
Information for University Departments
Maintaining H-1B Status
US immigration regulations require H-1B employees to maintain H-1B status by performing only the employment described in the approved H-1B petition.
Upon termination of this employment, legal status ends, even if the H-1B petition was approved for a longer period. Although the regulations provide for a 10-day grace period, this grace period can only be added to the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (I-94 card) by a Custom's and Border Protection officer admitting an individual into the US. The grace period is not always added to the I-94 card. To be safe, an H-1B employee should assume that no grace period exists for departure from the US or for making application for a change to a different visa status at the end of employment.
Additionally, to maintain legal status, H-1B employees must maintain a valid passport and I-94 card at all times and comply with the US address reporting requirement.