Do we need the original I-797 for any reason?

I thought I saw somewhere that we need the original copy of the I-797 for visa stamping and such. Is this an absolute? My employer gave me a copy of it…but if I need the original I want to know for sure before I tell him I need it.

Would the consulate give me an issue if I did not have original documents? We don’t even have copy of your h1b packet, so I need to rebuild everything…and stuff…


Thank you guys.

It is better to have the original, but photo copy should also work. In dropbox, they accept only copies and not original 797.

They can always look-up in their system whether the 797 is original or not. If asked, you can say that employer didn’t share the original with you.