I got my H1b petition approved and I am going to attend an interwiew. So, my question is does the Original i797 notice of approval is required at the time of h1b visa interview or its scanned copy will be suffice?
As I always say about consular matters - it depends on the post! You should really have the original notice for your interview - especially if the approval hasn't made it into the PIMS system, by which USCIS shares your approval with US Dept of State. To be safe, 2 weeks from the approval at USCIS should pass for PIMS to get updated. If you bring a copy, you'll be safer if it's in the system. If it's not in the system, you most certainly will need the original and there could be a delay.
However, you should really direct these questions to corporate counsel for the H-1B. They are likely more familiar with the post in question.
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Depending on the particular U.S. consulate post, you can apply and receive the H-1B without the original FORM I-797 if the information is stored in the SIMS database and is accessible by the the U.S. consulate.
Most US Consular Posts do not require the original notice anymore. But, they do require that it be entered into the PIMS system by the KCC.
The company's immigration lawyer will know the rules of each Consul. Talk to him/her and NOT those NON-ATTORNEYS in HR.
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