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  • Travel to India via London with expired H1B visa and valid I-797

    Hello all,

    My H1B Visa expired last year and currently I am staying in USA with extended I-797. I am planning for vacation this year end and also get my visa stamped in India. I have booked my tickets for British Airways via LA->London->India. In London I will arriving and departing from the same terminal. My concerns is, will there be any issues in transit as I dont have a valid H1B visa on my passport? I will be carrying my original extended I-797, visa stamping package and my pay slips etc..

    Did anybody face any issues travelling via Europe with expired H1-B visa? Please share your thoughts.

    Thanks,
    Khaland

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    You need a transit visa without which BA will not even issue you a boarding pass or let you check in.

    I am not a lawyer and you need to consult with one to validate any info posted on the forum and discuss your case specifics. H1b Question? Read the FAQ first.

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    • #3
      txh1b,

      Thanks for quick reply.

      Can I get transit visa on arrival or Do I need to get it here in USA before my travel? Is this the case only with BA or any flight travelling though Europe?

      -Khaland

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      • #4
        Hi Khaland,

        You will be requiring a TRANSIT VISA , which is a must to travel via London.
        Approved I-797 , Paystubs will not work.
        So , if you have time - then you can apply for it.

        It is now required for Frankfurt also (if you have expired Visa).
        Not required for Amsterdam , Belgium.

        I mentioned in my earlier forums also that if anybody wants to go to India and want to avoid Transit Visa issues/or Stopover time/Flight change - then Continental Airlines is best as it is a ONLY (if my understanding is correct )direct flight from US (Newark) to India (New Delhi/Mumbai).
        There was a one from Delta from NewYork to Mumbai but now that is stopped.
        Also American Airlines - from Chicago to New Delhi- not sure its a direct now , I think it has a stopover at some location

        Thanks and regards,
        Abhay
        Last edited by abhayg4; 11-12-2009, 02:36 PM.

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        • #5
          Need to get H1B visa stamped,traveling to India via London (BA), need transit Visa?

          Hi All,

          I have a slightly similar case as Khalad.

          I came to US on F1 Visa (expires in 2011)
          I was on OPT until July of this year. OPT expired 9/July/09.
          H1B visa approved. valid starting from 1/Oct/09

          I am traveling to India via London in British Airways. Will I need a transit visa to go to India via London?

          Please let me know.

          Thanks
          DI

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          • #6
            Hi, Can a Canadian citizen (travelling on a valid Canadian passport) but on an expired H1B visa travel through Schengen state from the USA to India? Thanks!

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            • #7
              Pradeep

              Hello,
              Can you share your experience??
              How did u travelled to india with expired us visa?

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              • #8
                i have an expired f1 visa.
                And have valid i-797 without visa stamping.
                I do have a canadian student visa.

                Now i am travelling from USA to India on indian passport. Do is still need a transit visa?

                Cause this is what i have seen on British Consulate website
                Exemptions

                You don’t need a visa if you have one of the following:

                a visa for Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the USA (this can be used for travel to any country)

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                • #9
                  Please share your experience

                  Hi Khaland, Can you share your experience? I was in similar situation. Did you face any issues?

                  Originally posted by khaland View Post
                  Hello all,

                  My H1B Visa expired last year and currently I am staying in USA with extended I-797. I am planning for vacation this year end and also get my visa stamped in India. I have booked my tickets for British Airways via LA->London->India. In London I will arriving and departing from the same terminal. My concerns is, will there be any issues in transit as I dont have a valid H1B visa on my passport? I will be carrying my original extended I-797, visa stamping package and my pay slips etc..

                  Did anybody face any issues travelling via Europe with expired H1-B visa? Please share your thoughts.

                  Thanks,
                  Khaland

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