H1B Visa Extension WITHOUT Stamping!


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Hi All - 

I have my H1B Visa (Fresh, from F1) Approved for 1 year effective from Dec 2017 with end date in Dec 2018. Do I need to go for Visa Stamping before I file for an extension (If required, I'm ready to go - no issues). Or Can I simply apply for H1B extension without getting the stamping done?

Briefly, is H1B stamping mandatory for filing H1B extension? Please share your thoughts.

Thanks,

Ravi. 

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You do not need to get your Visa stamped for extension. The only time you will be required to get your visa stamped is if you leave the country. In that case you will need to get your visa stamped on your passport to be able to reenter the US.

If you are in the US itself, you can apply for visa renewal without being concerned about the stamping.

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