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Old Oct 3rd 2002, 8:50 pm
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Hello,

I got my H1-B approved by INS. I set an appointment for getting the visa stamped in my password at the US consulate in Vancouver B.C. I'm in Seattle and I thought it will be the fastest way to get this thing done. I could get the stamp in my home country, Slovakia, but since they accept only applications by mail, it would take forever. So I decided to go to Vancouver instead.

I was in the States on J-1 visa and I don't have the 2 year residency requirement. I heard that is usually harder to get visas in a different country than your home country. What could happen is that I don't get the visa stamped in my passport and I won't be allowed to enter the States even though I have a work permit.

How afraid of the process should I be? Any advices?

Thank you,

Jarka
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Old Oct 3rd 2002, 11:03 pm
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Default Re: How afraid should I be?

Technically, according to
http://tr-
avel.state.gov/reciprocity/Country%20Folder/S/Slovakia.htm
you
should only be able to get the visa from your own country (i.e. other
embassies do not have jurisdiction).

I think you should as well try your luck in Vancouver and, since you are
already in the U.S., they might issue your visa.

Good luck
Henry



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    > Hello,
    > I got my H1-B approved by INS. I set an appointment for getting the
    > visa stamped in my password at the US consulate in Vancouver B.C. I'm
    > in Seattle and I thought it will be the fastest way to get this thing
    > done. I could get the stamp in my home country, Slovakia, but since
    > they accept only applications by mail, it would take forever. So I
    > decided to go to Vancouver instead.
    > I was in the States on J-1 visa and I don't have the 2 year residency
    > requirement. I heard that is usually harder to get visas in a different
    > country than your home country. What could happen is that I don't get
    > the visa stamped in my passport and I won't be allowed to enter the
    > States even though I have a work permit.
    > How afraid of the process should I be? Any advices?
    > Thank you,
    > Jarka
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    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Oct 4th 2002, 5:03 am
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Michael E. Piston
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Default Re: How afraid should I be?

You should be quite concerned. Vancouver is hostile to third country
nationals applying for H visas there. Refusals are by no means
unusual, and if refused you will not be able to return to the U.S.
unless you get a visa from a consulate in your home country. Vancouver
is particularly obsessive about ferreting perceived fraud in prior
visa applications and entries into the U.S. I had a client once
refused a visa there because she couldn't produce hotel receipts from
when she first entered the U.S. In short, neither an approval nor a
denial are a foregone conclusion. Proceed with extreme caution.

Michael E. Piston
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Michael E. Piston, P.C.
4000 Livernois Ste 110
Troy, MI 48098
248/680-0600
Fax: 248/680-0627

Responses have not been confirmed by research, are not intended as
legal advice, and do not create an attorney client relationship. Feel
free to e-mail me at [email protected] if you desire further
information

GoodGirl_J wrote in message news:...
    > Hello,
    > I got my H1-B approved by INS. I set an appointment for getting the
    > visa stamped in my password at the US consulate in Vancouver B.C. I'm
    > in Seattle and I thought it will be the fastest way to get this thing
    > done. I could get the stamp in my home country, Slovakia, but since
    > they accept only applications by mail, it would take forever. So I
    > decided to go to Vancouver instead.
    > I was in the States on J-1 visa and I don't have the 2 year residency
    > requirement. I heard that is usually harder to get visas in a different
    > country than your home country. What could happen is that I don't get
    > the visa stamped in my passport and I won't be allowed to enter the
    > States even though I have a work permit.
    > How afraid of the process should I be? Any advices?
    > Thank you,
    > Jarka
 
Old Oct 4th 2002, 11:32 am
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Default Re: How afraid should I be?

Originally posted by GoodGirl_J:
Hello,

I got my H1-B approved by INS. I set an appointment for getting the visa stamped in my password at the US consulate in Vancouver B.C. I'm in Seattle and I thought it will be the fastest way to get this thing done. I could get the stamp in my home country, Slovakia, but since they accept only applications by mail, it would take forever. So I decided to go to Vancouver instead.

I was in the States on J-1 visa and I don't have the 2 year residency requirement. I heard that is usually harder to get visas in a different country than your home country. What could happen is that I don't get the visa stamped in my passport and I won't be allowed to enter the States even though I have a work permit.

How afraid of the process should I be? Any advices?

Thank you,

Jarka
Hi:

I am in total agreement with the posting of my friend Michael Piston. I have only one thing to add: You may be told by some friends that if you are refused a visa in Vancouver, your H-1b I-94 will allow you to re-enter the United States. This WAS true but was changed as of April 1, 2002.
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