H1B stamping outside home country

Hello

I have a unique situation. I have approved H1B petition 2015 with home country as India. However, I am presently in UK on a work permit and would continue to be here for another year.

I want to get H1B stamping done. Is it possible to get it done from UK ?

I also have B1/B2 which is valid until 2018. Can I travel to US on that visa and once I am in US my status changes to H1? Do I need to get the stamping done in this case for re-entry?

Regards

Akbar

I want to get H1B stamping done. Is it possible to get it done from UK ? - Yes, but it is advised to get the first H1B stamping done in home country. Reason being education verification if you have not done your Masters here in the US.I also have B1/B2 which is valid until 2018. Can I travel to US on that visa and once I am in US my status changes to H1? - Yes.

Do I need to get the stamping done in this case for re-entry? - Yes.

Thanks Ankit. So if I travel now to US on B1, do i need to do any specific processing to get the H1 enabled? how does it work? please can you help

If you get an H1 visa stamping prior to entering US chances are you will have to get the B1 visa cancelled. Even if it is not canceled(which I doubt) you would have an option of choosing which visa you are travelling with. Lets say you enter using yout B1 visa(without getting H1 stamped), your initial status would be B1. You would need to file for Change of Status(CoS) once you are in US to change and activate your H1. Once you are on H1(without stamping in this case), anytime you leave US and want to come back you would need to get the visa stamped. Hope this helps.

Hi,
Can you please post the update? I am in similar situation

Please refer this thread

http://redbus2us.com/qa/42627/short-stay-current-country-residence-problem-h1b-stamping