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  • Consular processing - how long does it take?

    Dear forum members,

    When someone gets selected in the H1B lottery and the petition was filed as consular processing, that person has to go to a US embassy abroad to activate the visa.

    How long does that person have to stay in the foreign country? Could he/she fly back on the same day he/she arrived, or is an extended stay required?

    Thanks.

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    No extended stay needed. All that is needed is your passport to have the visa stamped. This might take anywhere from a couple of days to few weeks/months.
    Just an opinion; Not legal advice.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scientist2016 View Post
      No extended stay needed. All that is needed is your passport to have the visa stamped. This might take anywhere from a couple of days to few weeks/months.
      Hi Scientist, thanks for the reply.

      Not sure if I got your message right.

      My question is: Can someone drawn in the lottery fly to Canada/Mexico on October 2nd and then re-enter the same day on H1B? Or do you have to stay abroad until your passport is ready (which can take "a couple of days to few weeks/months").

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