H1B Visa Stamping Documents Checklist

H1B Visa Stamping Documents Checklist - i797 A or B original approval, employment verification letter, Pay stubs, W2, LCA, passport, DS160, form I-129.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  1 Nov, 19


Documents for H1-B Visa Stamping

  • Passport – All original passports including old and expired.
  • DS 160 form – No need to carry copy of DS160. Just fill online and that’s it.
  • US embassy Visa interview appointment confirmation copy. i797C is not a valid proof of approval.
  • Form i797A or B (H1B approval notice) – Original is best. If not possible, then carry color copy of i797 approval.
  • Form i129 (H1B application) copy – Carry color or Black and white copy of form i-129.
  • H1B LCA copy – Carry color or Black and white copy of LCA posting.
  • Employment verification letterOriginal – H1B can get it from employer.
  • Last 3 months Pay stubs/ Salary slips – Color or black and white copy.
  • Last 3 year W2 (if any) – Color of black and white copy.
  • H1B approval notice (i797A or B) from your previous employer (if any). i797C is not a valid proof of approval.
  • Education Degree – Transcripts or mark sheets from your school, university – graduation, post-graduation.
  • Original I-20s forms (if any) – if you have an education degree from the US.
  • OPT or EAD card (if any).

There can be other hundreds of documents that can be carried for H-1B stamping but the ones mentioned above are more than enough. Visa officer rarely ask for any of these documents to be shown except passport and DS160 as they already have all the information about your application sent to them by USCIS.

H1B Visa Stamping Form 221 (g)

In case US embassy need more documents before they can take approve your H1B visa, they will issue you form 221(g). This form lists the extra supporting documents required.

Chances of H1B Visa Stamping Approval

Chances of H1B visa stamping are good if your documents are clean. Your H1B visa may be approved but it may still be sent for Administrative processing to verify employer details and fraud detection.

Is H1B Stamping Eligible for Dropbox?

You can check if you are eligible for Dropbox Facility using our app here. You will need to submit the same set of documents for Dropbox facility as mentioned above.

It is possible that you are asked to visit US embassy for fingerprinting even after you drop documents in Dropbox.  This process is commonly called form 221(g) with Green Slip.

Do I need LCA for H1B Visa Stamping?

You do not need LCA for H1B visa stamping but it is recommended to carry. Visa Officer can ask for any document if he has any doubts to clarify.

Can I get My H1B Visa Stamped in Canada or Mexico?

You can get your H1B visa stamped in Canada or Mexico.

How Can I get H1B Stamping in India?

You have to fill form DS-160 and schedule an H1B visa interview appointment with US embassy to get H1B stamping in India. You can choose any US embassy and we recommend the one that’s closer to your residence.

Once you have filled DS-160 and paid the visa interview fees, you have to first visit US visa OFC center for fingerprints and digital photograph.

Once your picture is taken and you are ten-printed (fingerprints taken), you can visit the US embassy as per your interview appointment.

H1B Visa Stamping Timeline

H1B Visa stamping can take 1 to 4 weeks.

Processing time varies with each US embassy too. If you are in your home country like India, you can expect to wait up-to 4 weeks after Visa interview to get stamped Passport in-hand.

So, we recommend to plan your travel back to US keeping in mind the delays caused by administrative processing.

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   3 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. vicky
    vicky 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    Do we need to carry 10th, 12th and graduation marlksheets, original or copy?

  2. gms
    gms 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    Hi Anil,

    I always follow your instructions. Me and my wife are going to India this December for H-1B/H4 renewaI stamping to Chennai and wanted to find out if you have recent DS-160 sample form instructions page written on your site which I can refer to and also do I need to have a digital passport photo image ready while filling up the DS-160 form. Also, based on the inputs you receive from various people how many days does it take to get the passport delivered back to my place from Chennai US consulate after the interview. Is it possible to stay there and collect the passport from Chennai at the end of the day after my interview? Please share your input.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

      I do not have the DS160 instructions at this time. There is no need of digital photo. That’s an old process. Picture is taken at ASC center by embassy themselves along with your fingerprints.
      You won’t get the passport back same day. It will take at-least 2-3 days to get the visa stamp after interview.

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