I completed my H1B stamping in Oct 2013. The visa officer took my I797. I was under the impression that it would be returned along with my passport however it was not returned. I tried to inquire at the consulate but they informed me that they do not retain original documents from candidates.
I know that we can apply for duplicate copy of I797 however it will cost approx $400. Is there any other option for me.
Please share your experience if you have faced a similar situation and what is course of action was taken from your end.
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