I live in US and work here on H1B visa. I am planning to go to Italy for one-week vacation. My passport does not have the latest H1B visa stamped, so I would like to get the visa stamped at one of Consulate in Italy (Rome/Milan). Does anyone have any experience like this? Please share if its worth the trouble or too risky. - This is my second H1B visa stamping. The previous one I got done in Canada. - I am an Indian citizen. No immediate plans to travel to home-country so exploring this option.

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    Opinion based question. You can only do the risk assessment yourself – user 56513 Mar 28 '17 at 14:37
  • Most likely, the Italian embassy would not issue you a Schengen visa without a ticket to home and back to the US. What happens in the case your H1b visa stamping goes south at the Italian consulate in Rome?, they consider this while issuing you a Schengen visa. – edocetirwi Mar 28 '17 at 15:10
  • I would have voted to close as off topic in favor of Expatriates. Whatever this questions problems, I don't find it to be a matter of opinion (@SheikPaul and other close voters). – phoog Mar 28 '17 at 16:13
  • @edocetirwi on the other hand, if the traveler has the means to get himself home to India in the event of a visa refusal at the US consulate in Italy, the Italian consulate in the US could credibly issue the visa. – phoog Mar 28 '17 at 16:14
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    To be granted a Schengen visa, the embassy requires proof of US Visa or permanent residency and they stated explicitly that an H1B approval is NOT considered a visa. Norwegian Embassy FAQ My H1B has expired. Can I attach my H1B approval notice and US visa appointment confirmation to my application to fulfill the requirement for a valid US visa? No, as this document clearly states, ”this is not a valid visa”. You must have renewed your H1B before applying. – user 56513 Mar 28 '17 at 16:49