Questions tagged [h1b-visas]

H-1B, a non-immigrant visa in the United State, allows U.S. employers temporarily to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations. Questions about this visa are quite likely to be Closed as outside our scope though they may belong on Expatriates: http://expatriates.stackexchange.com/tour.

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Legal status in the US on an H-1B visa if flights are delayed by a day?

If I am on a work permit (H-1B) in the USA (meaning I need to leave the country on the day my employment terminates, otherwise I go out of status) and scheduled to leave the country on the last day of ...
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New H1B arrival, what do I need for the port of entry?

I just got my newly-approved H1B visa stamped into my (UK) passport and am flying to America in a week. Besides my stamped passport, and my I-797B (Notice of Action) document, is there any other ...
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US employer suggests two 90 day contract periods instead of work visa. Is this okay? [closed]

I'm a Canadian going to work in the US for 5 months starting in May. My employer said that due to the fact I'm being hired a little late in the game, and the H1B work VISA takes several months to ...
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UAE visa “place of issue” concerns

I will be travelling to Dubai from USA in a few days. I am an Indian citizen but I work in USA on the work visa. I recently got my UAE visa done online using an Indian travel agency. The place of ...
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Schengen visa application rejected because my US visa stamp expires in December. What are my options?

I went to the Italian consulate in Washington, DC today and they would not accept my visa application because they said my US visa stamp cannot expire less than 3 months after the end of my trip to ...
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Which visa for a remote freelancer with a US client traveling to the United States?

I'm a freelancer currently working remotely for a US client. They'd like me to stay with them for a short amount of time (1-2 weeks). Purpose of this trip is to attend meetings and work there for the ...
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Can I enter the USA as a visitor, while I wait for an H1-B visa?

I'm a UK citizen, and am going through the process of obtaining an H1-B visa for the USA. There's a fair backlog at the moment so I have some free time on my hands and I'd like to visit the USA (to ...
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How do we reapply for my parents' US visitor visa?

I have been on H1B status since 2011 with approved petition until 2020. My green card is under process (I-140 approved). Stamping was done last year in India. I am currently in California. My parents'...
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The departure location in my travel history says “unavailable”. Will this cause an issue when I head back?

I recently flew out of US to get my H1B visa stamped and the departure location in my I-94 history says "unavailable". However the date associated with this departure record is correct and reflects ...
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Turkey tourist e-visa with expired H-1B but valid i-797A

I am an Indian national living in the US. My H-1B (1st term) expired in August 2016. I have an I-797A (H-1B visa extension document) valid until July 2019. I went to the Turkish Consulate in Boston to ...
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H1B enter US through Guam

I am a Indian Passport holder with a valid H1B Visa. I am travelling from SFO to HKG via HNL and Guam. For my return travel to SFO, I am transiting again via Guam (and HNL). I want to double check ...
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Is there a limit to how early one can apply for a Visa in the United States?

As per USTravelDocs.com you cannot apply for the F-1 Visa 120 days before the expected starting date on the I-20. Is there some similar condition for the H1B Visa or the B1/B2 Visa as well?
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How long can I stay in the US on H-1B without having an SSN?

I am an Indian citizen and I currently hold a valid H-1B visa. This is the first time I am visiting USA on H-1B. The sole purpose of this visit is to spend some time with my friends only (I will be ...
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Visit Toronto while on H1B

I am currently on H1B and am planning to visit Toronto, Canada. The visa on my passport is expired by I have extended my I94. So my question is that if I go to Canada for a 5 night vacation, can I re-...
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Can I visit the USA as a VWP tourist immediately prior to entry on non-tourist visa?

Here's my situation: I'm a UK citizen. I have an H-1B visa to work in the US as of 1 August. I also have a valid ESTA. I would like to go to the US in July for a holiday, immediately prior to ...
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Indian Passport. Missing entry stamp into USA

I recently traveled from India to USA. I am on H1B. I entered USA on 29th December 2016. As my Visa extension is due in August 2017, I was gathering documents for Visa Extension. It was required to ...
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While there be any issue applying for a new passport before stamping?

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 ...
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Travelling through UK - H1B (Visa stamp expired) but have a UK visitor's visa [duplicate]

I am an Indian citizen. I am going to India on a vacation. I am planning to have my flight via London. I've a layover there at London for almost 5-6 hours. I have a visitor's visa for UK but not ...
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Amex travel insurance for H1b visa holder

I have been living in America for couple of years and I hold H1b work visa. Technically speaking H1b holders are not permanent residents, which seems to be required in Amex travel insurance fineprint. ...
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Travelling from US to India through Frankfurt on H1B visa with approved extension

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 ...
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Do I need a transit visa in Frankfurt, Germany on the way to India? [duplicate]

I am travelling from US to India, with an Indian passport but expired F1 visa and going there to get my H1B visa stamping. I have a stop at Frankfurt, Germany for 4 hours while flying to India. Do I ...
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Can I apply for a Schengen visa if my US residency expires in less than 90 days after my return?

I am planning a winter vacation in Iceland around the dates of Dec 21st, 2017 to Jan 1st, 2018. I am currently on H1B visa in the USA, and my visa expires on Feb 7, 2018. My employer has applied for ...
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Traveling on H4 visa in pregnancy

I've got H1b visa and I will be traveling to USA in October, my wife (H4 visa) will travel in December (if I get clarity on the assignment length). My wife is 3 months pregnant & by December she ...
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Which visa to apply for visiting USA when working with/providing a service to a USA company?

I am a self employed individual (Indian Citizen) working with a company based in the USA and I plan to travel there for tourism purposes and also to visit the company (to meet the team). I also have ...
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Do I need Transit Visa for Zurich (Expired stamped H1b, Valid I-797) travelling to India for stamping [duplicate]

I am an Indian Citizen currently working in USA on H1b visa. I will be travelling from Boston to New Delhi (India) via Zurich. Please help me out with information if I will need a transit visa to go ...
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How to answer DS 160 question about not being granted a visa 6 years ago.

I have an I-797 valid until next year, but my H1B visa will be expiring next month. I am travelling to India and completing a DS-160 for this. Six years ago, my B1 visa application was refused. The ...
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Do I need a Transit visa while travelling to India via Frankfurt on H1B extension

I am travelling to India via Frankfurt. My current visa status is on H1B extension with approved I797. I checked the German consulate site on the transit visa requirements and it says transit visa is ...
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Passport taken for additional processing at Panama PTY immigration [closed]

I'm an Indian citizen on a US H1B visa. I was traveling with an American citizen friend from LIM (Lima) on my way back to San Francisco, with a day-long layover in Panama City (PTY) Immigration at ...
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Which countries can I visit on an expired US visa but valid status in USA?

Which countries can I visit if my H-1B has expired but I am still on valid status in the USA by way of extensions to the expired H-1B? I have heard that visiting Puerto Rico and Mexico isn't a ...
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DS-160- Countries visited after filing DS160 [closed]

I have filed the DS 160 and booked an appointment for H1B visa stamping. I am currently in the US. My status is transferred to H1B from F1 and I'll be going to India for stamping. While filing DS160, ...
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OK to board plane? Indian H1B holder travelling to Dubai on Virgin Atlantic

I plan to fly USA to Dubai on Virgin Atlantic (via London Heathrow). I will be staying in Dubai for 6 days. I hold an H1B visa. Since Indians with US visas can get visa on arrival in Dubai, I have ...
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When is visa validity checked when entering US on a multistop flight?

The H1B visa is valid starting from the 21st of September. If I take a multistop flight from New Zealand that passes through Honolulu and LAX on its way to Seattle, will my visa validity be checked at ...
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Does 6-month-old 214(b) rejection have any impact on upcoming H-1B consulate interview? [closed]

I have faced US B-1 visa rejection in November 2017 under section 214(b). I was nervous, shaking. I was able to answer but fumbling a lot. Now, two days ago (May 14th, 2018) I found that I got my ...
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I-94 was extended. Should I extend H4 status as well? [closed]

I have an H1B petition valid till 2020 shown on form I-797B and same goes for my I-94 and my passport. My spouse is under H4 status as a dependent. Her old passport had expiry date in November 2018, ...
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Document stamping

I would never asked this question had it not been for this forum that I discovered just by chance although I have been on SO and SE for years! It is a kind of a dated question - back to the 9/11 days. ...
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Traveling from USA to India via Australia (unstamped H-1B)

I'm an Indian passport holder, currently in the US on the H-1B. My first H-1B expired, and I've renewed/extended it already. I have all the documents I need from the USCIS and I'm going to be headed ...
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Can I get my first-time H-1B visa stamped in the US consulate in London?

My H-1B visa was approved this year but not stamped in my Indian passport. This is my first H-1B, not a renewal. I have to travel to London on a business trip. Can I get my H-1B visa stamped in US's ...
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I work in the US on an H1-B visa and will apply for a Schengen visa soon. Will my Schengen visa be affected if I switch to a US student visa later on?

I currently work in the US on an H1-B visa. I intend to go to graduate school in the US in September. To do that I will fly back to my home country and apply for an F1 visa. On the way back to the US ...
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Canada eTA eligibility requirements?

I have applied for eTA and my case was approved. I'm on H4 and my H4 visa is active or valid until Sep 2020. If I have to travel to Canada on eTA, can I enter the country with my H4 document or do ...
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Schengen visa in US without H1B stamp

I was on F1(OPT) visa in USA. My H1B got approved couple of months back and I will be going to India for stamping H1B visa. I am planning to stop in Switzerland for a week for vacation while going to ...
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Can a H1B visa with a criminal record dismsissed case travel to the UK?

I have a criminal record dismissed case, wants to go to London and I'm trying to determine if that is actually a possibility. The did had dismissed case with deferred prosecution with probation of 9 ...
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Traveling from US (and back) on H1-B visa with new I-797 approval notice (not stamped on passport)

I am planning to travel to Mexico from US in January, 2019. I have an unexpired H1-B visa stamped on my passport from my previous employer. I have the new I-797 from my current employer. But it’s not ...
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Visiting family in the US twice in a ~6-month window using the VWP after previous work stay on H1-B?

I am writing to ask about a personal circumstance that entails a complex situation, and I would appreciate if any of you could give me some advice. I am a European citizen who has been living in the ...
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Schengen visa application at French consulate in India. Currently residing in the USA on H1B

I am an Indian passport holder currently working in the USA on an H1B visa. I am planning a business trip to France in May, for which I will be travelling from the USA. I will be in India in the last ...
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Applying for H1B.. Can also apply for Schengen Business Visa for Germany when H1B is on processing?

I have been nominated for H1B CAP Lottery this year. This is on initial stages and within 3-4 days the same will be sent to USCIS for processing for the Lottery. Also, I need to travel to Germany for ...
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Is an H-1B visa holder a resident or visitor to the U.S.? [closed]

When entering the U.S. you are required to fill out a customs declaration. It requires you to select if you are a resident or visitor. Is an H-1B visa holder that is intending to stay in the U.S. ...
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Schengen Visa Application from US for indian workers on H1B

I am an Indian, working in the US on H1B visa. I want to apply for a Schengen visa for Italy after my marriage in India. I'll travel from US to India for marriage, will then fly from India to Italy ...
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Which airports can I transit through when traveling from PHX(Phoenix) to BOM(Mumbai) with a unstamped H1B visa? [closed]

I am a Indian with a valid H1B visa which is not stamped. I would be traveling from PHX to BOM during the summer vacations (may-july 2019). Which are the airports I cannot transit through during my ...
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Re-enter USA, forgot I797

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 ...
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Can I drive to Canada and re-enter USA under VWP? [duplicate]

I'm currently residing in the USA with a non-expired H-1B visa, but I stopped working 24 days ago, so I have 36 days left in my grace period. In about 36 days, can I drive to Canada and re-enter the ...