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South African passport renewal while in the USA

#1 dietercronje

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:10 PM

I live and work in the USA, California
I just received approval for a H-1B visa, and then realized my passport expires at the end of November.

Now I have to go home in September to get my H-1B visa approval stamp, but I also need to renew my passport at the same time.

I am wondering if anybody knows anything about this process, I have already been in touch with the consulate in LA.
My question being can I obtain my visa stamp without 6 month valid passport in hand, while its in process for renewing, thus I will have a temporary passport, will this then work to travel back to the USA


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#2 milimelo

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 08:30 AM

A friend had a similar problem with the Bosnian passport - expiration date in less than 6 months but US consulate said they'll give him the visa and then when he gets the new passport he just needs to carry both - visa is still valid.

You should also contact the US consulate/embassy in your home country to double check.

Hope this helps.
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#3 dietercronje

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 10:34 AM

QUOTE (milimelo @ Aug 10 2009, 08:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A friend had a similar problem with the Bosnian passport - expiration date in less than 6 months but US consulate said they'll give him the visa and then when he gets the new passport he just needs to carry both - visa is still valid.

You should also contact the US consulate/embassy in your home country to double check.

Hope this helps.



Thanks for the info and the boost in confidence,have alot hanging on this
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