Urgent: Lost my passport and I797 document


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I lost my passport and I797 document (H4 -> F1 Change of Status) recently. And I have to travel to India next week. I have filed for Tatkal passort at Indian Consulate and am waiting to receive it.


I have following queries:

1. Since my passport and I 797 are both lost, I do not have original I94 with me. But I do have photo copy of the I797 document (which has the latest I94) as well as the I-94 on lost passport. Is that fine or will I have any trouble while travelling to India?


2. I have already scheduled Visa appointment at US consulate with information from my old lost passport. How should I proceed here?


Also, since I have also lost my I797, would it be any problem while appearing for Visa interview and/or while coming back from India to US?


I heard there are two options regarding I797.File for duplicate using I824 form, but that is a time consuming process. The other is to get it stamped on my passport from a local USCIS office. Can someone please share some information/experiences around both these options?




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