Great News for Some H-1B Visa Holders: It May Become Possible to Renew Your Visa Stamp Without Leaving the USA

One of the most frustrating parts of being a visa holder in the USA is the requirement to travel overseas to a US Embassy whenever you need a new visa stamp, even when the US government has already approved your lengthy stay in the USA.

Indeed, our clients ask us all the time: can I get my visa stamp in the USA? 

Well, soon, certain H-1B Visa holders may be able to renew their expired or expiring visas without the need to travel to a US consulate abroad. On October 17, 2023, the government initiated the process for resuming a pilot program for renewing H-1B visas in the United States entitled “Pilot Program to Resume Renewal of H-1B Nonimmigrant Visas in the United States for Certain Qualified Noncitizens”.

Details will be disclosed soon, but the early reports anticipate that the program likely will:

  1. Start in early 2024
  2. Be available only for H-1B principals (not spouses and children)
  3. Be available only to the citizens of countries that are not subject to reciprocity fees
  4. Have eligibility requirements similar to the interview waiver program
  5. Be available for the first 20,000 applicants
  6. Be voluntary

Important Reminder: The details mentioned above are preliminary, and the government plans to limit the program at first to test out the operationality of the Pilot Program, although it will likely be extended to L-1 principals as time goes on. Please follow this topic closely if you are interested— we will provide alerts on our website and in our newsletter.

If you need help securing or renewing your H-1B visa, the team at Danny Grace, PLLC, can help. Get in touch for a free case evaluation, and ensure that immigration issues won’t hold you back from achieving your full potential.

About Danny Grace PLLC

Founded in 2012, Danny Grace PLLC is a boutique employment litigation and immigration practice located in downtown Manhattan, New York, but offering services nationwide to its clients. We have built an extensive immigration practice specializing in visas, permanent residence (green cards), and corporate immigration. Our principal, Mr. Daniel Grace, is a top-rated immigration attorney in the state of New York.

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