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  1. Hello, I will be traveling abroad for visa stamping. This is more of a general question - In the past I have always carried all my originals right from high school to grad school with me whenever I went for visa stamping but I am wondering if I should be doing it? I was hoping to get some perspective from others on this issue. Thanks
  2. Hello, I recently got my H-1B approved and am traveling abroad. It is mentioned on I-797 A that I must detach and return a portion of I-94 present on the I-797A to US CBP while departing the country. How do I get in touch with them? Is it during the security check that I return it? Please advise. Thanks.
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    H1B Dropbox Hyderabad

    @naveen145903Not OP but did you submit any additional documents aside from the ones required? For example, verification of employment letter, I-129 form copy? Also, do you just walk in and say that you need to drop your documents and they let you in?
  4. Hello, I will be having my first dropbox experience soon. I see this text on the interview waiver confirmation letter - Please print one copy of this page and submit it with the following documents to the nearest Document Drop-Off location. Kindly collect this copy of the letter back as acknowledgement towards submission of your documents. I am confused with the second sentence - what do they mean by collecting the copy back? Do I just need to show it at the drop off location and then take it back or do they stamp it and return it back to me? When do I take it back? Another question I had was that I didn't receive MRV fee receipt. In fact, I didn't receive anything aside from the Interview waiver confirmation letter as proof of payment. Will it suffice or is there another document I need? Thanks
  5. Can my employer file a new petition while the current petition is pending adjudication?
  6. Can my employer file a new petition while the current petition is pending adjudication?
  7. What are the chances of approval in this case? I have been seeing conflicting posts with most saying that it gets denied majority of the times.
  8. Thanks for the clarification. My employer has said that they will wait for the old extension petition to be adjudicated before they file a new one. The current processing time is 4 months on an average so I was wondering if premium processing would be better to get the adjudication. I have a need to travel abroad again in November.
  9. Should I opt for premium processing of my case since my I-94 is expiring soon?
  10. Should I get my case premium processed because the normal processing times are 5-6 months and I will be out of status by then? My company's immigration contacts had told me that as long as I am present in the country at the time of filing and I have a valid visa stamp I can travel abroad and re-enter without any issues. Is that incorrect?
  11. What happens if petition remains pending until after the current I-94 expiry? Do I have to leave the country? Is amended petition not considered a fresh petition? Does the employer have to pay the same amount of money as they did for extension? Can an amendment petition be premium processed? Can my employer withdraw the current petition right now? It sounds like I will have to pay for premium processing twice if I need to get the current petition processed followed by the amended one.
  12. Hello, I recently had to travel abroad causing my H-1B extension petition to be considered abandoned. The USCIS status still shows that the petition has been received indicating that they are processing the petition. My questions are: 1) If my petition is approved then does my employer have to re-file the petition for Extension of Stay? Is the processing for that any different from the processing of plain H-1B? 2) My current stay is expiring on September 1 and I need to travel abroad in November. Will I have to opt for premium processing twice in order to get a I-797A with the correct I-94? 3) Will it be a better idea to have my employer withdraw my current petition and re-file a new one instead of going through this mess?
  13. Hello, I recently traveled abroad from May 21st (departed country on 05/21/18) - June 4th. My employer filed my extension petition on May 21st and USCIS received the receipt on May 22nd. My current visa stamp is valid until July 1 and my I-94 until September 1. Upon my return at PoE, the immigration officer informed me that my extension petition will be considered abandoned since I left the country after filing the petition and that my employer will need to file a new petition. Currently, the case status tool shows that my extension petition was received. My questions are: 1) Will USCIS update my case status to be abandoned at some point in the future or will they continue to process it as a normal application unless my employer asks them to withdraw it? I am not sure how this works. 2) How long can I stay in the country currently? I am assuming until September 1, is this correct? 3) What happens if the extension petition status doesn't get updated until after September 1? Do I have to leave the country until the status is updated or can my employer file a subsequent petition without having to wait for a status update on the earlier petition? Please advise. Thanks.
  14. I'll only have ~3-4 weeks remaining on my visa, so I was wondering if that would cause issues. Thanks for the response!
  15. Hello, Here are my H-1B 6th year visa expiry dates: Passport visa stamp : 07/01/2018I-797 A : 09/01/2018Latest I-94 : 09/11/2018 I work full time for a fairly big American company. My I-140 was approved in 2015 (EB-3) and most likely my company will apply for my visa under wage level 2 since I am a little below wage level 3. I have an urgent need to travel abroad in May 4th week for 2 weeks. I will most likely be left with 3-4 weeks of visa validity on my passport once I return. I have the following questions:1) Should I opt for premium processing of my case? I have heard that chances of getting RFEs are higher in that, is that true?2) Can I travel abroad during the fourth week of May while my H-1B extension adjudication is pending? Will I face any issues at Port of Entry during my return to the US?3) What happens if I get a RFE for my petition? Will I still be able to travel abroad and return as per schedule?4) What happens if the events abroad don't go as expected and I am unable to return before July 1, 2018 while my H-1B petition adjudication is pending or waiting for RFE response?5) If my H-1B extension is approved before or during my travel abroad then do I need to get a new visa stamp on my passport before re-entering the US?Thanks.