While I moved apartments I lost my passport and visa documents. I am applying for a new passport which will obviously not have anything stamped on it and in any case the current stamp would expire before I travel to India. My H1B was extended and I-797 valid till 2012, but I lost the original. Without an original I-797 what should I do? Can I travel to India with only a photocopy - will that be enough? What are my options?
It is worth contacting your employer through whom you received the H1B or the lawyer who represented you. They might have a copy of the receipt notice to enable obtain a duplicate.