Do I need to go to my country of origin to get H1B Visa stamp for the second time?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Alexandria, VA

I came to the US on a H1b Visa stamp from a US consulate in India with company A in May 2011. The visa is valid till Sept 2013. i changed employers in July 2012 and got my H1b approved with Company B. Can i get my Visa stamp for company B from Canada/Bahamas. i read that "Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and /or work experience
is solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada". My total work experience is 5.5 years out of which 21 months are in the US. i do not have a education from the US.

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  1. Lynne Rogers Feldman

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . If you return to the U.S. prior to September 2013 you will not need a new visa stamp at all -- you travel with a current passport, old visa stamp and new H-1B approval plus curernt letter from Employer B that you have a job to return to.

    Visa stamping is a separate issue and discretionary on the part of the consulate whether they will consider you for visa stamping or not. Generally when you already have a stamp many third countries will process your case if their workload is not too high.

    Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
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  2. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No one can guarantee that a visa will be issued.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  3. Karen-Lee Pollak

    Contributor Level 19


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . It is always advisable ot go to oyur home country as you run a risk of denial in the third country and then will not be allowed back into hte US.

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