I am currently on OPT and working with a State University. My F1 status is good with I-20 and OPT card but my stamped F1-visa just expired in January. I have obtained H1b documentation and it begins on the same date as my OPT expires. If I may, when can I schedule a visit to Canada or some place nearby to get H1b stamped on the passport so that I can travel easily later?
Thanks for the answer in advance.
Generally speaking, American consular posts in Canada and Mexico will not issues visas to third country nationals (TCN's) who have not obtained that visa type abroad first. For example, if you entered the country with an F-1 visa and are not a Canadian citizen, the consular post will not issue you an initial H-1B visa but will refer you back to a consular post in your home country. However, if you obtain an H-1B in your home country, they will entertain and application for a subsequent H-1B visa.
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Talk to your immigration attorney. You may not need to leave the US.
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You can only enter the US on H-1B 10 days before your H-1B petition is effective.
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