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How To Obtain An H-1B Visa Stamp In Your Passport

Travel Permissions and Required Documentation

Please Note: On March 18, 2020, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. While consular posts are beginning to reopen, it is important to remember that the restrictions on H-1B visa issuance are still in effect. The ISO will continue to monitor the reopening of U.S. embassies and consulates and provide updates as necessary.

H-1B temporary workers are permitted to enter the U.S. 10 days prior to the H-1B start date, but may not work until the H-1B start date. If your H-1B visa in your passport has expired or you do not yet have a valid H-1B visa sticker and will need one for your next entry into the U.S., contact the U.S. Consulate or Embassy closest to your home and complete an application for a nonimmigrant H-1B visa. In order to be able to do this, you should present the following:

  • Valid passport 
  • Complete copy of the H-1B petition (which was filed with USCIS to obtain the approved H-1B) 
  • The original H-1B approval notice (USCIS Form I-797) 
  • DS-160 
  • Copies of last two months' pay statements from the University of Rochester or other proof of payment as applicable 

Information regarding US Embassies and Consulates worldwide can be obtained at Always review required documentation for the H-1B visa application at the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying.

Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa to enter the U.S.; instead, present the H-1B Approval Notice and a copy of H-1B petition at the border to obtain an I-94. Verify that the I-94 shows your status as H-1B.

H-4 Dependents

H-1B temporary workers may submit documentation for their spouse and children to accompany them to the U.S. on H-4 status.