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I’m on the H1b visa. Currently traveling internationally but heading back to the USA in the next couple of days. I’ve forgotten my form I797 but have access to a photocopy, and of course I have my passport with the H1B stamp on it.

Would I have any problems reentering the USA without the original I797?

  • I don't know the technical legalities, but anecdotally I can say that I've re-entered the USA a number of times after travelling to various different countries (UK, South Africa, Canada, Costa Rica) over the last 5-6 years without needing to show my I-797. A valid, unexpired H-1B was all that I needed. What makes you think that you'd need your I-797? – brhans Apr 1 at 18:18
  • Because I have been asked for it on other occasions at the Port of Entry – eggsovereasy Apr 1 at 19:17
  • Interesting - maybe I'm just lucky. – brhans Apr 1 at 19:19

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