I applied for an H1B visa and it's been approved. I'm waiting for an appointment. But my passport will expire in 12-13 months. If I apply for a new passport now, and appear for visa stamping with the old and new passport, will there be any issue?

All the visa processing activities were done with my old passport.

  • Does your embassy allow for renewal of passports one year before they expire? Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 11:01

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You should visit the embassy with the new/current passport which you will have at the time of stamping and you must carry all your old passports too.

If by the time you go for stamping and you have your new passport handy with you, you should take both passports with you during stamping and finger print scanning at embassy office(s). But, by any case if you don't receive your new passport and your old passport still have atleast 6 months validity after your interview date, then you should carry the Old Passport with you without any issue. Remember, even if you have H1B stamped on your Old passport you can still travel to U.S on your new passport without any issue, just you need to carry both the passports with you.

  • Affirmative: I have a ten year B1/B2 visa in an expired passport, carry and present both, no problems.
    – user4188
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 21:49

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