07 Nov 2019

I have an L1A visa stamp in my passport and a B-1/B-2 visa stamp. If I want to come to the U.S. for 1 week on vacation. If I enter using my B-1/B-2, will that cause my L1A stamp to be revoked?

Answer There is no prohibition against having multiple visa "stamps" in one's passport. Entering the U.S. using one's B-1/B-2 visa typically would have no impact on the L1A visa. (07.Nov.2019)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE...

31 Oct 2019

I have been working in H1B status for several years. My I-94 has been extended to 2022, but the visa stamp in my passport has expired. Can I apply for a new stamp in Canada?

Answer Generally speaking, it is possible to apply for a visa "stamp" in Canada. It is suggested that you read this official information regarding third-country nationals applying for a visa in Canada. (30.Oct.2019)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information...

17 Oct 2019

My H1B petition was approved for consular notification. My employer listed Hyderabad as the consulate to be notified, but I actually live near the U.S. Consulate in Chennai. Is it ok if I apply for my H1B visa stamping in Chennai?

Answer Normally, it is possible to apply for an H1B visa "stamp" at a different consulate from the one listed on the H1B petition. This sometimes causes a delay in the visa being issued, but such delays typically are less than 2 weeks. (16.Oct.2019)Sheela Murthy and...

17 Oct 2019

My husband is working in the U.S. in H1B status. I want to visit him periodically, but I need to stay in my home country most of the time because I am still at university. Can I apply for an H-4 visa, even though my trips will be fairly short? Or should I instead apply for a B-2 visa?

Answer Normally, there is no issue with the spouse of an H1B worker traveling back and forth using an H-4 visa, even for short trips to the U.S. It is possible to do this with a B-2 visa, as well; but, unlike B-2 visitors, a person...

09 Oct 2019

When I entered on my B-1/B-2 visa, I was admitted for six months. I am going to be taking a short trip to Canada and then come back to the U.S. Will I be granted an additional six months when I come back in?

Answer The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry has the discretion to readmit a B-1/B-2 visitor for an additional 6 months. In many cases, however, the person is readmitted only for the remaining validity of the I-94 issued prior to...

26 Sep 2019

My H1B change of employer was approved, and I am about to travel abroad for a few weeks. My visa stamp, issued through my previous employer, expires in 3 months. Can I still use that visa?

Answer Generally speaking, the H1B visa foil (i.e., "stamp") remains valid, even if the person moves to a different employer. Typically, as long as the visa is still unexpired at the time one requests admission to the U.S., the CBP officer at the port of entry...