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Old 04-15-2011, 10:35 AM
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Default H1-B Visa Stamping

Hi,
Here is my background info:
Passport Country: Pakistan
Years in the US: 8 1/2
Education: Both BS and MS in Computer Science from US Universities
Industry: Financial Information and Media
Company: Financial Information and Media Company with Revenues > 13 Billion
Role: Software Engineer
First H1-B: Nov 2006 - Oct 2009
Second H1-B: Nov 2009 - Oct 2012
PERM Approved Feb 2011 under EB3
I-140 application is currently being prepared by company lawyers

I have not left the country since I switched from F1 to H1-B. The reason is that I have heard horror stories of people going for visa stamping either to Pakistan or Canada (or some other country) and being stuck their for months. I want to get a lawyer's opinion. By looking at my background, can it be determined if there is a chance that I might get stuck in either Pakistan or Canada if I go for H1-B Visa Stamping?

Sincerely,
Ali
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:41 PM
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I am not a lawyer so feel free to disregard my opinion. I have seen friends who went to India and Canda and got stuck with 221(g) form for name check. It takes 3 months on an average to clear namecheck so its better to be stuck in home country than Canada or Mexico. Since you are Pakistan born I am assuming once your I 140 is approved you are eligible for I 485 filing and subsequently parole. So unless there is a compelling reason for H1 stamping you can wait for AP
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:33 PM
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Default I am in the US on an F-1, should I even bother to get the H-1b visa stamp??

@ali: I would wait till your AP comes in, it should not be long.

This discussion is very relevant to me. I am currently completing my masters in the US and will join a Fortune-20 company in a non-IT role in August 2011. My name begins with 'Muhammad' while the rest of my name is not common, I am guessing they did not do any 'administrative processing' for my F-1 as that took only 10 days.

I have vacations right now and my job starts in August 2011 and once I am working I will not be able to get more than one month leave and I can't work from home. So should I go for the H1b stamping at all?

The only reason I would ever need to come back to Pakistan is for emergencies or if I get married (my parents regularly visit me in the US). Am I being paranoid about not travelling to Pakistan? My question is should I bother to get my H-1b stamp at all?
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:55 AM
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@ali: I would wait till your AP comes in, it should not be long.

This discussion is very relevant to me. I am currently completing my masters in the US and will join a Fortune-20 company in a non-IT role in August 2011. My name begins with 'Muhammad' while the rest of my name is not common, I am guessing they did not do any 'administrative processing' for my F-1 as that took only 10 days.

I have vacations right now and my job starts in August 2011 and once I am working I will not be able to get more than one month leave and I can't work from home. So should I go for the H1b stamping at all?

The only reason I would ever need to come back to Pakistan is for emergencies or if I get married (my parents regularly visit me in the US). Am I being paranoid about not travelling to Pakistan? My question is should I bother to get my H-1b stamp at all?
Do you already have your F1 to H1 Change of Status approved? What is the H1 start date? If your H1 starts on Oct 1st, then you will only be allowed to enter US 3 weeks before H1 start date.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:47 PM
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Default I am in the US on an F-1, should I even bother to get the H-1b visa stamp??

@roseball

Well my h1b application has been approved and my company will send me the documents next week. I have also applied for OPT which is valid June onwards. The h1b start date is Oct 1. I start work in august which is why I got the OPT too.

So do you think I should go for h-1b stamping in June/July given that my name starts with Muhammad? I am just worried I may some day have to travel to Pakistan for emergency/wedding.

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you need to check with the attorney who did the visa for you. This is something most people(except for the immigration attorneys) don't know much about.
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