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Domestic Visa Renewal Pilot for H-1B Visa Holders

Feb 9, 2024 | Featured, H-1B

As you may have seen reported, on January 29, 2024, the United States State Department launched a groundbreaking pilot program that allows eligible H-1B visa holders to renew their visas from within the United States. We have been receiving many inquiries relating to this program. The following will provide you with an overview of this program.  

Eligibility Criteria: 

H-1B visa holders must have a prior H-1B visa issued by U.S. Missions in India or Canada within ranges specified below. The applicant must also have an approved and unexpired H-1B petition, recent admission to the U.S. in H-1B status, a valid unexpired H-1B I-94 record, and residence in the U.S. at the time of application. 

For a process overview, please click the following link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/employment/domestic-renewal.html 

With approximately 4,000 slots available each week starting January 29, weekly application slot releases will continue until April 1, 2024, or until all 20,000 slots are filled. 

Expected Processing Time are reported to be 6 to 8 weeks from the receipt of passports and supporting documents. There is no expedite option available, and the agency aims to adjudicate all applications submitted under the pilot by May 1, 2024. 

Potential Expansion: While the initial phase of the pilot is limited to H-1B visa holders, the State Department intends to expand the program to include H-4 dependents and other nonimmigrant visa categories in 2024. 

Note: If you have any questions or need assistance with your immigration journey, please contact Younossi Law at 650-737-7600. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process. 

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