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H1b visa stamping - File Transfer needed?

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I remember reading from forums couple of years back that before one appears for H1b visa stamp interview, we need to have "some file transferred .." from USCIS Kentucky office to the consular post in advance where you're appearing for visa interview. Is this still the procedure? If yes, how to apply for this file transfer? please advise asap. I'm working in USA and will go for visa stamping in India shortly.

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When your employer i.e. attorney files your H1 B Petition, they also submit a Duplicate Copy of petition, which is clearly marked "DUPLICATE". Once USCIS approves your petition, USCIS will send the duplicate copy to Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). KCC will enter the petition and approval information in PIMS.

When you go for visa, VO will verify if that information is present in PIMS and then grant you visa. They no longer rely on the approval Notices from the applicant. They verify using number and PIMS.

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