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Do I Have Go back to My Home Country to Get the H-1B Visa Stamping?

Hi William,

How do get H1B visa
stamping or re-stamping on my passport? Do I have go back to my home country to get the H1B visa stamping?


If you hold H-1B visa or L1 visa, you may need to get the re-stamping upon the extension of your expired 
H-1B visa or L1 visa. H1B visa stamping in the passport is needed for a foreign national to enter or reenter the United States as an H1B worker. In other words, visa stamped on your passport is the authorization to enter into United States. For a U.S. consulate to issue H1B visa stamp in your passport, the passport must be valid for 6 months after the expiration of a U.S. visa.

The re-stamping can be done at any U.S. consulate out side of United States. While some neighboring country allow to do re-stamping for foreign nationals, It is recommended to get the stamping or re-stamping done in your home country. The process of re-stamping is same as any new U.S. visa stamping, except that there is flexibility and different documents requirement. The applicant may need to appear for personal interview at the U.S. consulate.

In order to get your H1B specialty occupation visa stamped, a list of documents must be submits which includes:
  • A completed and signed non-immigration visa application form (Form DS-156). Separate form must be submitted for each applicant.
  • A completed Form DS-157.
  •  A valid passport (at least six months validity remaining) for each applicant. If your passport will expire within six months, it is necessary to extend the validity period before your interview date.
  • One photograph (37x 37mm) for each applicant.
  • Original H1B approval notice (Form I-797).
  • H1B visa petition application form (Form I-129).
  • A Labor Condition Application accepted by the Department of Labor.
  • A support letter from your employer. It should include a description of your position, proving that the position is temporary and should also include a confirmation that the candidate will be a direct employee, and the salary level. Besides, the nature of the employer's business should be included.
  • US company information which must include photographs of the inside and outside of the employer’s place of business, brochures, prospectus, and annual report.
  • Proof of your academic qualifications such as certified copies of your qualifications including university diplomas; mark sheets and any certificates you may have (if applicable).
  • A copy of the candidate's resume (curriculum vitae).
  • Fee for issuing visa stamping.

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