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getting H1-B stamped - but with dual citizenship

Old Oct 11th 2002, 7:41 am
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hey all... just a quick question:

do US consulates get upset or suspicious of people with dual citizenship?

My lawyer filed a H1-B application (granted) for me under my italian passport, but I am going on a trip to South Africa, where I am also a citizen.

So i was thinking of taking both passports into the South African US Consulate and trying to get the H1-B stamped there in either passport, doesn't bother me.
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Old Oct 12th 2002, 2:32 am
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On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 00:41:19 -0700, kor wrote:


    > hey all... just a quick question:
    > do US consulates get upset or suspicious of people with dual
    > citizenship?

No, this is the most normal thing in the world.

    > My lawyer filed a H1-B application (granted) for me under my italian
    > passport, but I am going on a trip to South Africa, where I am also a
    > citizen.
    > So i was thinking of taking both passports into the South African US
    > Consulate and trying to get the H1-B stamped there in either passport,
    > doesn't bother me.

You will need to specify which passport you want used, don't allow the
consulate to choose for you. One consideration is what happens when one or
the other passport expires. For instance, let's say your H-1B visa is in
your Italian passport. When that expires, you cannot use your South
African passport to travel to the US. But you can get a new Italian
passport, and show that and your old Italian passport with the visa at
the airport.

The rule is: you can use an unexpired H-1B visa in an expired passport,
as long as you also have a new passport *of the same nationality*.

Other than that, I don't see much difference between using one or the
other nationality.
 
Old Oct 12th 2002, 4:06 am
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Default Re: getting H1-B stamped - but with dual citizenship

thanks for the reply... Italian it is!


Originally posted by Ingo Pakleppa:
On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 00:41:19 -0700, kor wrote:


    > hey all... just a quick question:
    > do US consulates get upset or suspicious of people with dual
    > citizenship?

No, this is the most normal thing in the world.

    > My lawyer filed a H1-B application (granted) for me under my italian
    > passport, but I am going on a trip to South Africa, where I am also a
    > citizen.
    > So i was thinking of taking both passports into the South African US
    > Consulate and trying to get the H1-B stamped there in either passport,
    > doesn't bother me.

You will need to specify which passport you want used, don't allow the
consulate to choose for you. One consideration is what happens when one or
the other passport expires. For instance, let's say your H-1B visa is in
your Italian passport. When that expires, you cannot use your South
African passport to travel to the US. But you can get a new Italian
passport, and show that and your old Italian passport with the visa at
the airport.

The rule is: you can use an unexpired H-1B visa in an expired passport,
as long as you also have a new passport *of the same nationality*.

Other than that, I don't see much difference between using one or the
other nationality.
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Old Oct 12th 2002, 5:10 pm
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In that case, you should also apply in Rome rather than in South Africa.
My guess is that it wouldn't matter, but why take a chance!

On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 21:06:03 -0700, kor wrote:


    > thanks for the reply... Italian it is!
    > Originally posted by Ingo Pakleppa:
    >> On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 00:41:19 -0700, kor wrote:
    >> > hey all... just a quick question:
    >> > do US consulates get upset or suspicious of people with dual
    >> > citizenship?
    >> No, this is the most normal thing in the world.
    >> > My lawyer filed a H1-B application (granted) for me under my italian
    >> > passport, but I am going on a trip to South Africa, where I am also a
    >> > citizen.
    >> > So i was thinking of taking both passports into the South African US
    >> > Consulate and trying to get the H1-B stamped there in either
    >> > passport,
    >> > doesn't bother me.
    >> You will need to specify which passport you want used, don't allow the
    >> consulate to choose for you. One consideration is what happens when one
    >> or
    >> the other passport expires. For instance, let's say your H-1B visa is
    >> in
    >> your Italian passport. When that expires, you cannot use your South
    >> African passport to travel to the US. But you can get a new Italian
    >> passport, and show that and your old Italian passport with the visa at
    >> the airport.
    >> The rule is: you can use an unexpired H-1B visa in an expired passport,
    >> as long as you also have a new passport *of the same nationality*.
    >> Other than that, I don't see much difference between using one or the
    >> other nationality.
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Oct 12th 2002, 9:28 pm
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Default Re: getting H1-B stamped - but with dual citizenship

because the reason I am actually going to South Africa is to get married, so I think I have a pretty good reason for being there..... (wife is South African, also on H1-B)

Out of interest Ingo, I can also get an H-4 stamped in my passport because of my wife, correct? (although obviously I would rather have the H1-B stamped or I cant work)


Originally posted by Ingo Pakleppa:
In that case, you should also apply in Rome rather than in South Africa.
My guess is that it wouldn't matter, but why take a chance!

On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 21:06:03 -0700, kor wrote:


    > thanks for the reply... Italian it is!
    > Originally posted by Ingo Pakleppa:
    >> On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 00:41:19 -0700, kor wrote:
    >> > hey all... just a quick question:
    >> > do US consulates get upset or suspicious of people with dual
    >> > citizenship?
    >> No, this is the most normal thing in the world.
    >> > My lawyer filed a H1-B application (granted) for me under my italian
    >> > passport, but I am going on a trip to South Africa, where I am also a
    >> > citizen.
    >> > So i was thinking of taking both passports into the South African US
    >> > Consulate and trying to get the H1-B stamped there in either
    >> > passport,
    >> > doesn't bother me.
    >> You will need to specify which passport you want used, don't allow the
    >> consulate to choose for you. One consideration is what happens when one
    >> or
    >> the other passport expires. For instance, let's say your H-1B visa is
    >> in
    >> your Italian passport. When that expires, you cannot use your South
    >> African passport to travel to the US. But you can get a new Italian
    >> passport, and show that and your old Italian passport with the visa at
    >> the airport.
    >> The rule is: you can use an unexpired H-1B visa in an expired passport,
    >> as long as you also have a new passport *of the same nationality*.
    >> Other than that, I don't see much difference between using one or the
    >> other nationality.
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
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Old Oct 13th 2002, 7:07 am
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I see! I have to admit that I'm not too sure, but what you could do is
simply apply for your own H-1B together with your wife's H-1B, but
include your Italian passport.

On Sat, 12 Oct 2002 14:28:53 -0700, kor wrote:


    > because the reason I am actually going to South Africa is to get
    > married, so I think I have a pretty good reason for being there.....
    > (wife is South African, also on H1-B)
    > Out of interest Ingo, I can also get an H-4 stamped in my passport
    > because of my wife, correct? (although obviously I would rather have the
    > H1-B stamped or I cant work)
    > Originally posted by Ingo Pakleppa:
    >> In that case, you should also apply in Rome rather than in South
    >> Africa.
    >> My guess is that it wouldn't matter, but why take a chance!
    >> On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 21:06:03 -0700, kor wrote:
    >> > thanks for the reply... Italian it is! Originally posted by Ingo
    >> > Pakleppa:
    >> >> On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 00:41:19 -0700, kor wrote:
    >> >> > hey all... just a quick question:
    >> >> > do US consulates get upset or suspicious of people with dual
    >> >> > citizenship?
    >> >> No, this is the most normal thing in the world.
    >> >> > My lawyer filed a H1-B application (granted) for me under my
    >> >> > italian
    >> >> > passport, but I am going on a trip to South Africa, where I am
    >> >> > also a
    >> >> > citizen.
    >> >> > So i was thinking of taking both passports into the South African
    >> >> > US
    >> >> > Consulate and trying to get the H1-B stamped there in either
    >> >> > passport,
    >> >> > doesn't bother me.
    >> >> You will need to specify which passport you want used, don't allow
    >> >> the
    >> >> consulate to choose for you. One consideration is what happens when
    >> >> one
    >> >> or
    >> >> the other passport expires. For instance, let's say your H-1B visa
    >> >> is
    >> >> in
    >> >> your Italian passport. When that expires, you cannot use your South
    >> >> African passport to travel to the US. But you can get a new Italian
    >> >> passport, and show that and your old Italian passport with the visa
    >> >> at
    >> >> the airport.
    >> >> The rule is: you can use an unexpired H-1B visa in an expired
    >> >> passport,
    >> >> as long as you also have a new passport *of the same nationality*.
    >> >> Other than that, I don't see much difference between using one or
    >> >> the
    >> >> other nationality.
    >> > --
    >> > Posted via http://brit-
    >> > ishexpats.com/http://britishexpats.com

    > --
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