You can travel abroad during your H-1B status. Your trip may be personal (to visit relatives, for example) or professional (to attend a conference or work with colleagues overseas). These recommendations will help ensure that you have a smooth trip.
Which countries I can travel with H-1B?
10 best countries for visa-free travel with a US visa
- Belize. As of 2018 holders of valid US visas can enter Belize visa-free. …
- Georgia. Tbilisi, Georgia. …
- Qatar. Skyline of Doha, Qatar. …
- Turkey. Holy Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. …
- The Dominican Republic. …
- Island of Turks and Caicos. …
- Bermuda. …
How long can I stay outside of the US on an H-1B visa?
The initial maximum period of validity is three years (sometimes less), and that is not changed or extended by any time spent outside the US. The clock keeps ticking on the three-year period even while you are abroad.
Can I go to Canada with H-1B?
Short Travel to Canada or Mexico under Automatic Visa Revalidation. A valid H-1B visa stamp (or H-4 visa stamp) is not required for reentry to the U.S. following a visit of less than 30 days in Canada or Mexico, as long as you have a valid H-1B approval notice.
What happens to H-1B if I leave country?
Employer does NOT pay costs of return trip home: Under U.S. immigration regulations at 8 C.F.R. 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(E), employers must pay the reasonable costs of transporting H-1B workers back to their home country. However, if the a quits, the employer is NOT responsible for paying these costs.
Can I stay more than 6 months outside US with H-1B?
The time you spend out of the country doesn’t count for the 6 years renovation limit, so you may extend your stay for more than 6 calendar years, yes. However, if you quit or change firms, your H1B visa will no longer be valid; you will need to get a new one.
Can I go to Mexico for H1B stamping?
Visa renewal visa stamp can be obtained in Mexico as well as Canada. Many people visit Canada and Mexico for H1B renewal stamping including the H1B Amendment, Transfer, or extensions instead of visiting their home country.
Can I travel to USA with 2 months left on H1B?
As long as you have a valid multiple entry visa to the USA, you may travel to the USA any time before the expiration date. That’s why there’s an expiration date.
Can I travel to India after H1B approval?
You can travel to India while H1B extension is in progress and visa is still valid for re-entry. You will have to get the hard copy of your approved H1B’s i797 and apply for an H1B visa at the US embassy before you can enter the USA with NEWLY approved H1B extended petition.
Can I travel while I 539 is pending?
You can legally stay in the US while your I-539 is pending, even if your status is expired, so you can keep your I-539 receipt while traveling in case you run into an interior immigration checkpoint.
Can I get new H-1B after 6 years?
After the expiration of the six year period (the tenure), he or she must remain outside of the USA for at least one year, before they could qualify, if petitioned for by a qualified employer, to obtain another H1B visa, which would again be limited by a new 6 year tenure.
How long can I stay in India with H-1B?
There is no time limit. However, the H-1B visa must be valid in order for you to return to the U.S. Carl Shusterman (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) has 40+ years of experience practicing immigration law.