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I am planning to travel from US to India, for which there is a Lufthansa flight that goes through Frankfurt. There I will be switching from one Lufthansa flight (Lufthansa 9053) to another (Lufthansa 758). The layover time in Frankfurt is around 2 hours.

I am an Indian citizen. I am on H1B visa with an approved extension (has the new I-90 form). But the visa has not been stamped yet in my passport. I would like to know if it is legal for me take that itinerary through Frankfurt (or) do I need a transit visa?

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Based on the flight numbers (and obviously the airline), it seems you are not going through France but through Frankfurt, Germany. – Relaxed Jun 27 '14 at 22:10
Note that LH9053 is NOT a Lufthansa flight, but instead a codeshare of United 903 (a high 4 digit flight number is normally a giveaway for most airlines that it's a codeshare). – Doc Jun 28 '14 at 0:43
@Raj, as Relaxed mentioned, what is the expiry of your old H1B visa? – Aditya Somani Jun 30 '14 at 0:53
@Raj Extension aside there is already a visa in your passport. Will that visa be expired by the time you will travel? – Karlson Jun 30 '14 at 11:27

Yes you can. I had my friends travel Charlotte to Mumbai via Frankfurt with extension visas. Their current stamps had expired. They got new stamping done in India during their stay.

If you go via UK, its a trouble.

Amsterdam, Frankfurt, middle east all are fine. I travelled in same situation as yours in May this year via Amsterdam.

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Official papers supporting your Visa status should be enough. Not getting stamped in passport is happening all the time. In some countries, immigration officers wont understand it first until they read some magical numbers on some currency notes. You are well aware of some such countries, aren't you ?

If you have sufficient papers to prove you were genuine person to be in USA, you can start planning your journey, IMHO.

I would contact Lufthansa as well as German embassy in addition to attempts on internet. It will help to get their version to a great extent.

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I would not recommend trying to bribe German immigration officials... – Zach Lipton Apr 19 at 22:31

With expired US visa, one should avoid travelling through Germany. See the link below from Germany consulate which clearly explains it.

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The German consulate doesn't appear to say that you should avoid travelling through Germany with an expired US visa! It just says that an expired US visa might not be enough on its own to get you onto the plane or through immigration in Germany. – David Richerby Apr 20 at 1:36

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