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      Can somebody share any useful information regarding the H1-b stamping from abudhabi (uae)? I understand the processing time can be anybody's guess but I heard it varies from country to country.

      I do know they send your case to Washington for security clearance before they can stamp the H1. Is it possible to get the security clearance from states to expedite the process?I mean why do they need to check my background only when I'm outside the country ..why not right now?I could be running the terrorist cells here.


      My dad is retiring after 6 months, I really really really want to go there and visit my home for the last time. My brother in Pakistan is also leaving for abudhabi and after so many years we all will be together. I can't wait to go back and wreck my house with the help of my bro for one more time!I miss the good ol flying chappals

      It's depressing that I can't go back to my home town wihtout taking any risks. ughhh my beautiful green passport aint helping me.

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      Why not come to canada first and get your visa from here, instead of getting it from Abu Dhabi. Few friends of mine from the US took that route, and the process was expedited very quickly here. But, this was all before 9/11, and am sure that the processing time will be much longer now than before when you consider security checks etc. Although, I still think it's a safer bet coming to canada and getting it from here than the UAE; where you may end up getting stuck.

      The US consulate is not far from where I am at, and I can check with them during the lunch hour, permitting that it wouldn't take me more than an hour or so to get all the information.

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      I am pretty sure, the Candian route is shut now. You have to go back to the "country of origin" to get the visa stamped, which I presume, in your case, is UAE (?) and not Pakistan. I don't think there is any way to expedite the security clearance, though, it helps to have an uncommon name. Common names that are appearing in any kind of terrorist list is likely to delay the process by several weeks.

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      according to the USCIS website the quota for the the year 2005 is full!!!
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      The quota is only for the first time approval. If someone's H-1B is already approved, or is up for renewal stamp, then they don't fall under any quota.

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      Thanks alot guys for the help. I have been advised by my friends & family to stay in US and avoid taking unnecessary risk. I thought maybe a change in US administration could work out for me but I guess not..saaaala Bush...

      Faisal bhai, I'm pretty much sure that you can get your h1-b stamped from anywhere outside states. It doesn't have to be from the country of origin which in my case is Pakistan.

      Outlaw, if you can somehow find out the average processing time from canada that would be great.


      Thanks again!

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      Hi SB, i did go to the consulate but I was told that one has to be there between the hours of 8am and 12 pm, and I just haven't been able to make it there during this particular time-frame. Inshallah, I will go there in the morning and find out for you. If anything, you are more than welcome to come and stay here with me as long as it's required to get your papers processed..

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      Originally posted by sherrybaba:
      Thanks alot guys for the help. I have been advised by my friends & family to stay in US and avoid taking unnecessary risk. I thought maybe a change in US administration could work out for me but I guess not..saaaala Bush...

      Faisal bhai, I'm pretty much sure that you can get your h1-b stamped from anywhere outside states. It doesn't have to be from the country of origin which in my case is Pakistan.

      Outlaw, if you can somehow find out the average processing time from canada that would be great.


      Thanks again!
      I think faisals right. There was a guy here (you actually met him toledo), who had to goto pakistan to get it stamped, it took him a month though.

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      sherrybaba.. A very big legal firm which specializes in immigration law told me specifically that no US Consulate will stamp an H-1B except the one in one's country of origin. If you actually can get it stamped in Canada, let me know, and I will take it up with them.

      On the other hand, be very clear before you embark for Canada to get it stamped. Although there is a rule that allows you to make trips of less than 30 days to Canada or Mexico even with an expired visa stamp, as long as the visa extension is approved. But this rule assumes you did not apply for a visa while you are in Canada, so I am not sure applying for a visa stamp and getting rejected in Vancouver will hinder your entry back in USA.

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      Well good news. I have been informed that you can actually apply for the 'renewal' of your H1-B at the consulate in Vancouver. They would treat it as any other application for H1-B, and will not deny your application solely based on the notion that you are applying outside of your country of origin. I asked him couple of times just to be absolutely sure, and he mentioned that they usually do not process cases IF one is applying a non-immigrant visa or H1-B for the first time, and they tell them to go to the country of origin, but there are no formal requirements as such for 'renewals'.

      You will be subjected to a security check which may take from few weeks up to a month, and will have to go through an inteview process before that. While the security screening is being conducted, you can leave Canada and then come back to collect your passport. One thing is for certain that your application for H1-B can be processed and the outcome depends on the interviewer's decision and security clearence. I hope this clarified things a bit and made it easier for you.

      -cheers

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      how could you leave without a passport..haha.. well that's what he said, and I am passing on to you..

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      I don't think they keep your passport while they are conducting the security check. They will call you back a second time at the conclusion of the security check and will stamp the passport. Atleast thats what I think.

      sherrybaba, let me know how it goes. If it actually happens.. it will be very interesting.

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      First of all guys..thank you very much for the help. I really appreciated.


      outlaw what you mentioned seems very encouraging. Now the concerns:-

      1. What do you mean by H1 renewals, My H1 is valid for six years assuming I'm working at the same place.

      2. Here is the problem once I leave US, the only way i can enter states is with a stamped H1 unless there is another way. Otherwise on what basis they will let me enter US?

      "iF one is applying a non-immigrant visa or H1-B for the first time, and they tell them to go to the country of origin, but there are no formal requirements as such for 'renewals'."

      also I'm confused here
      "applaying for h1-b for the first time"

      how can one apply for H1-b from their country of origin. You need to get it issued from states. Unless they meant getting it stamped for the first time from the country of origin? Maybe it means the same thing? if that is the case then I have to go back to the origin of country

      Note : My H1-b never got stamped before. You need to get it stamped only once and then you can freely enter or leave United states.

      Also a very close friend of mine got his H1-b stamped from Australia. He was stuck there for 2 months.


      I'm sorry if I"m confusing you...

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      sherrybaba...

      Let me clarify it for you. Your H-1B is approved by CIS (new name of old INS) in the States... but it is stamped in a Consulate. You don't have to get it stamped as long as you are in the US, but if you travel out of US, then you need the stamp to enter back into US.

      The other case is where your H-1B is applied in CIS, while you are out of US. It happens a lot when a US company is trying to bring professionals from India, China, Pakistan, Israel etc. In which case, the employer will file for H-1B. It will be approved by CIS and notice sent to employer. Employer will forward it to the applicant in Pakistan, who will take the notice of approval (from CIS) and together with his passport will submit it to US Consulate in Islamabad. After interview, they will stamp the passport with the H-1B visa, and the applicant then now fly into US and join the employer.

      The initial H-1B approval is usually for 3 years, and so the stamp is also for 3 years. You can get another renewal for 3 years, but after six years, you can not renew it, but have to go out of US for atleast 1 year. The renewal works pretty much similar, where you get the approval from CIS and you don't need a stamp unless you plan to travel out of US and come back.

      If you are in the US on a student visa and start working for an employer who has sponsored you for H-1B, they can apply for a change of status at the same time, so you can join the employer once your H-1B is approved by CIS. You don't have to get it stamped, except if you want to travel out of US and come back.

      The first time your passport is to be stamped for the H-1B visa, it can only be done in the Consulate in the country of origin. Based on what outlaw is saying, the renewal stamps can be done from Canada (I was told that ALL stamps have to be from Pakistan).

      Now, the exception.

      If your H-1B visa stamp on the passport has expired, but you have already received approval from CIS for your renewal, then you can take short trips (less than 30 days) to Canada or Mexico and come back on the expired stamp.

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      "The first time your passport is to be stamped for the H-1B visa, it can only be done in the Consulate in the country of origin. Based on what outlaw is saying, the renewal stamps can be done from Canada (I was told that ALL stamps have to be from Pakistan)."


      that means I have to go back to Pakistan to get my H1 stamped. hmm I wonder how my friend got his H1 stamped for the first time from Australia.. He just got back from there.

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      Now, I know how the entire procedure works. I thought that you may be only looking to renew your visa, and somehow my assumption was that if you already have H1-B status, then your passport should have been stamped at least once before. It did not make any sense to me to have H1-B status without the actual 'stamp'

      I am not sure what the options maybe in this scenario, considering the fact that your friend did get his visa from australia. I would try to get more specific information, depending if I can extract time out of my schedule during the next week..hope it's not too urgent..