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11. Posted by mharia (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Quoting harishkashyap

I too am in the same boat. Booked my travel to Europe for two weeks before going to India. Never even thought that US visa would be an issue. I am planning to get it stamped while in India. I plan to go to the French cosulate as I would be landing in Paris first. Could someone respond if they managed to obtain a visa at all?

did you get through your situation?

12. Posted by harishkashyap (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y

yeah I did! The french consulate in Boston are awesome! I loved french all my life and turned out to be true again. They were so accommodative. I said that the I-797A is what decides the status and they agreed to it. They were kind enough to call me back promptly on time. Even the interview they were so nice. I have so many friends as well from France. So similar to Indians; wonderful bunch of people.

13. Posted by mharia (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

This is great.. I too am from boston and am planning to apply .. same situaton as yours with expired H1B but valid i-797 . How were you able to convince them? did you have to show our ticket to India?

14. Posted by chrisagonus (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi, I'm in a pretty similar situation here. Going back to my home country (Indonesia) and want to go to Europe before that. My visa stamp had expired but my H1B is still valid for one year. Which embassy should I apply to? Any proof I need to present? If somebody had gone through similar experience, please advise. Thanks, would really appreciate it.

15. Posted by harishkashyap (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Yes I did. I got it from the French visa. I have alwaysloved the french people. They were extremely helpful and igored the visa stamp after I told them about my expired stamp. They are so much like desis. Try calling the embassy and explain your situation

16. Posted by ayushmat316 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Quoting harishkashyap

yeah I did! The french consulate in Boston are awesome! I loved french all my life and turned out to be true again. They were so accommodative. I said that the I-797A is what decides the status and they agreed to it. They were kind enough to call me back promptly on time. Even the interview they were so nice. I have so many friends as well from France. So similar to Indians; wonderful bunch of people.

I'm in a similar situation. What do you fill in the application form where they ask "Residence in a country .." ? Do you enter the expired visa number or the i797 receipt number?

17. Posted by JJtraveller (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Quoting harishkashyap

Yes I did. I got it from the French visa. I have alwaysloved the french people. They were extremely helpful and igored the visa stamp after I told them about my expired stamp. They are so much like desis. Try calling the embassy and explain your situation

Can you provide more updates. What all document u carried? and what all docs being asked? I am also in same situation.

18. Posted by harishkashyap (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Absolutely. You must show I-797A as proof that your stay is legal. That document has proof that your visa is valid but stamp has expired. Basically take a document that shows your stay is legal. That's all they care about. If they say that doesn't work then try to explain to them. The French embassy in boston worked for me. It's tough to get hold of them over phone because the voicemail is in french but they are great if you leave a voicemail they get back to you. Remember to book weeks earlier as it's not easy to get appointments

19. Posted by harishkashyap (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

I don't remember what I wrote in the form. They're accomodative so you might want to leave it blank and fill it there during the interview. Not sure really about the form.

20. Posted by JJtraveller (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Thanks You Harish!! Last question? how long was the validity you got on your Visa?