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Is original i-797 approval document required for at the POE?

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I recently got the H1B extension visa stamped and would be traveling back to US next week. I do not have the original i-797 with me and would like to know if it could be a problem at the port of entry. The employer has not changed between the extensions.



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You are good to travel with a copy. Original is not required and is not a travel document in the first place. If original is requested, answer why you dont have it.  

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Happened to me. It is better to have original I-797 but not absolutely required. Officer may ask you why you do not have original & where is the original. But that's it! Give your answer and then it won't be any issue.

For some reason, at port of entry, officer's believe that if you have I-797, your employment is genuine. If you do not have that, they doubt that your stamped visa may not hold true and you may not be working for same employer. I have several I-797 but work for one employer.

The fact is that CBP officer don't know  that USCIS don't call back I-797 when you change employment.

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