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H1-B Visa Stamping (Is it a necessity to get stamping from Home Country?)

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Hello All,

I am new to this website and hopefully I will get an idea from various experiences that people have had in the past. I was an international student from Pakistan and I got my H1-B approved this year. Now for the stamping process, do I need to go to my home country only? since I would like instead going to Canada and get my stamping done which saves my travel costs as well as time. Any suggestions?

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Do you have a Canadian visa?

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Get it stamped any country you can travel to. Canada, Mexico, Caribbean have been mentioned in the past.


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But -- be careful. People always talk about going to "get the visa stamped" in their passports -- it's not a pro forma visa application; rather, it will be treated as a standard visa application. Having an approved H1 status (assume you got a change of status in the US) does not exempt you for any required Administrative Processing. You might find yourself "stuck" in Canada (or whtever country you go to) while that processing is done, which can take several weeks to several months. At least if you go to your home country, you likely have relatives with whom you can stay, where you wouldn't in another country.

Why are you wanting to get the visa? You only need a visa if you are planning to leave the US for some reason and then return. If you have no current plans to leave the US, I wouldn't worry about getting the visa (again, assuming you have an approved Change of Status to H1) until I had plans for international travel.

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