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VB111

H1B Consular Processing first time, Wish to go to Canada for stamping

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Hello!
 

  • I have an approved petition for H1B consular processing by a big pharma company that is valid from 10/01/2019 to 09/22/2022. 
  • I am currently on F1 OPT (with F1 valid till 2023). 
  • I-797B says Consulate is Kolkata.
  • I would like to activate my H1B though because it will make it easy for me to move employers. 
  • However, I do not have enough PTO to go to India right now. So I would like to go somewhere closer- Toronto/Montreal are drivable for me. 

Questions:

1. can I go to Canada for consular processing as it is first time? Anyone else done this successfully? 

2. Can I request for change in consulate? Is it worth it? I know i-824 is for immigrant visas only. Any other options for non-immigrant visas?

 

THANK YOU! I NEED HELP! 

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VARSHA

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there is no clear answer for this. You are eligible to go to any consulate in India.

But i am not sure if you are eligible to go to Canada .

You need to consult an attorney for more clarity

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On 1/8/2020 at 3:54 PM, VB111 said:

Hello!
 

  • I have an approved petition for H1B consular processing by a big pharma company that is valid from 10/01/2019 to 09/22/2022. 
  • I am currently on F1 OPT (with F1 valid till 2023). 
  • I-797B says Consulate is Kolkata.
  • I would like to activate my H1B though because it will make it easy for me to move employers. 
  • However, I do not have enough PTO to go to India right now. So I would like to go somewhere closer- Toronto/Montreal are drivable for me. 

Questions:

1. can I go to Canada for consular processing as it is first time? Anyone else done this successfully? 

2. Can I request for change in consulate? Is it worth it? I know i-824 is for immigrant visas only. Any other options for non-immigrant visas?

 

THANK YOU! I NEED HELP! 

Best

VARSHA

Best option is to consult an immigration attorney.

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On 1/8/2020 at 2:54 PM, VB111 said:

Hello!
 

  • I have an approved petition for H1B consular processing by a big pharma company that is valid from 10/01/2019 to 09/22/2022. 
  • I am currently on F1 OPT (with F1 valid till 2023). 
  • I-797B says Consulate is Kolkata.
  • I would like to activate my H1B though because it will make it easy for me to move employers. 
  • However, I do not have enough PTO to go to India right now. So I would like to go somewhere closer- Toronto/Montreal are drivable for me. 

Questions:

1. can I go to Canada for consular processing as it is first time? Anyone else done this successfully? 

2. Can I request for change in consulate? Is it worth it? I know i-824 is for immigrant visas only. Any other options for non-immigrant visas?

 

THANK YOU! I NEED HELP! 

Best

VARSHA

we have seen many newbies go to Canada for h1 stamping. but for canada u will need CANADA visiting visa. do you already have Canada Visiting VIsa. It may take any where from 3 to 4 weeks.

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