H1 extension and passport renewal


My passport is expiring this Nov 2017, and am planning to file H1 extension in this April 2017.

I have two questions over here.

  1. When can I start my passport renewal process

  2. Will this passport expiration impact my H1 extension.

Thank you.

  1. You can start your passport renewal 1 year before expiry so from Nov 2016 you are eligible to renew.

  2. Yes, your new I-94 that comes with the new extension approval notice may have a expiry date based on your passport expiry date of Nov 2017. This is unnecessary trouble upon yourself, as you may have to apply for extension of stay again. So it is good to apply for passport renewal and then apply for extension using the new passport.