Most of the people who did not get H1B visa stamping are curious to know how actually H1B visa stamping looks in passport. Few things to look for on H1B visa. Also, same case with I-94. This post has samples with description of terms on them.
Sample H1B visa stamp in Passport – What to watch out for ?
Pretty much everything on the H1B visa stamp is self explanatory. Watch out for the key things like your Passport number, Birth date, Issue date and Expiration date. Typically you are given 3 years from the day of stamping. If you have already used more than 4 years, then if you go for stamping your visa stamp will only be for remaining two years. The overall time period for H1B visa is typically 3 years with an extension for another 3 years to total 6 years. An entry ‘M’ indicates Multiple entry. The H1B sponsoring company name will be printed on the visa stamp along with the receipt number. You can read more details on US Visa – What each of the fields mean ? Sample
Sample I-94 Card for H1B Visa :
If you are not aware of I-94, it is in fact, a legal document that indicates that you have legally entered United States. You have to turn it back in when you leave the country. You are supposed to fill out correct details every time at the Port of entry. Anytime you leave US and come back, you will have to fill one of these and keep it safe after stamping. Read How to Fill I-94 Form – Arrival Departure Card USA. I-94 process is pretty much electronic, but occasionally, you will nee to fill it out manually, if system is not working and in certain cases. If you were to fill one, the CBP officer will tear a stub and stamp and give it to you with H1B on it and the date until when you can stay in US. See below.
What to look out for on I-94 for H1B Visa ?
At the port of entry, US Visa immigration officer will verify your passport, visa stamp and then stamp on I-94 indicating the date you entered US. The immigration officer will also indicate your Visa status and your validity of stay in US. You should watch out for the type of visa he writes. Occasionally, they write mistakes and you will be in trouble when applying for Social Security Number. My cousin had an issue: the officer put in just ‘H1’ instead of ‘H1B’, the SSN office people create trouble and she had to go to the airport again and get it resolved. It was a mess ! Do not overlook it. Also, if you are coming on H1B, the officer will write the precise date on I-94, which should be the expiration of your H1B visa on I-797 Approval Notice.
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