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Travel for H1B stamping

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At this point is it advisable to travel from US to Canada for H1B stamping in May, especially if someone's current L1 visa expires in May? 

Can a I797 approval notice (made via consular notification process) allow someone to stay back in US, for some more time even if current visa expires?  Are there any exceptions related to COVID-19?

Are there any other ways that allow  postponing the H1B stamping beyond the expiry of current visa, and avoid travel?  Because of all the travel restrictions, travel may not even be possible to even India, before visa expiry.

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At this point is it advisable to travel from US to Canada for H1B stamping in May,  -- At this time all international borders are closed for essential travel and also all USA embassies are also closed for public. This might change in May. So wait and watch.

The best people to get advice right now is your employer/attorney since now all USCIS outlets are closed.

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On 4/22/2020 at 10:47 AM, avas said:

At this point is it advisable to travel from US to Canada for H1B stamping in May, especially if someone's current L1 visa expires in May? 

Can a I797 approval notice (made via consular notification process) allow someone to stay back in US, for some more time even if current visa expires?  Are there any exceptions related to COVID-19?

Are there any other ways that allow  postponing the H1B stamping beyond the expiry of current visa, and avoid travel?  Because of all the travel restrictions, travel may not even be possible to even India, before visa expiry.

Well below is what https://www.uscis.gov/ says, so if you go to interview it is called in - person services. So suit yourself.

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS plans to begin reopening our offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.

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