H1B stamping in Mumbai (Interview Waiver Program)


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Hello –


I’m currently on H1B (approved I-140) and going to India (Mumbai) this month and returning on December 30th. My existing H1B visa on my passport is expiring on December 31st 2015. I already have an approved H1B extension and I’m planning on stamping this visa on my passport when I travel this month. Since the visa on my passport has not expired in the past 6 month, I’m eligible for the “INTERVIEW WAIVER PROGRAM” as per http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-visarenew.asp

I got some questions related to my current scenario:


1. Since my H1B visa on my passport does not expire until December 31st 2015; just checking if the US consulate will issue a new visa on my passport reflecting my current H1B extension. I've checked and this should not be an issue but wanted to clarify with the community.

2.Since I’m eligible for the interview waiver program, do I have to take an appointment to drop off the passport and documents to the consulate? If anyone has gone through this scenario please provide me with the detailed information.


Thank you.



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