Pilot program for stateside renewal of H’s

On January 29, 2024, DOS started a pilot program for stateside renewal of H’s that allows certain H-1B visa holders to renew their visas
online without having to leave the United States to visit an embassy or consulate abroad. Currently, the program is available only for
individuals whose last H-1B visa was issued in India or Canada.

Who Can Participate?

This pilot program is for principal H-1Bapplicants only. Tobe eligible:
• You must be renewing anH-1B visa during the pilot phase(Jan. 29 -Apr. 1, 2024).
• Your last H-1B visa must have been issued in Canada(between Jan. 1, 2020-Apr. 1, 2023) or India (between Feb.1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2021).
• You are not subject to any reciprocity fee and are eligible for an interview waiver.
• You have previously submitted 10 fingerprints to DOS.
• Your previous visa does not have a “clearance received” annotation.
• You have a validH-1B petition, are currently inH-1B status in the U.S., and plan to re-enter the U.S. in H-1B status after temporary travel abroad.

When can I apply?

• The pilot program runs from January 29, 2024, to April 1,2024.
• During this period, DOS will accept 4,000 applications weekly on the following dates: January 29, February 5,12,19 and 26.
• They will accept applications from individuals who got their visas in Canada and India equally each week.
• Once DOS has received 4,000 applications, the on- lineapplication system will be locked until the next date listed above.
• You can apply on any of these dates until slots are filled or by April 1, 2024, whichever is earlier

How Can I Apply?

Online Application Process:
• Visit the DOS website for this program.
• Use the navigator tool to see if you are eligible.
• Complete and submit Form DS-160 online with the follow ing documentation:
• Recent photograph
• Passport valid for at least six months beyond your application date.
• Current Form I-797 H-1B Notice of Action (approval)
• Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record
• Pay the $205 Machine-Readable Visa fee using a major credit or debit card.
• Mission Canada domestic renewals: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-us.
• Mission India domestic renewals: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/en/renewal-h1b-niv-in-us.
• After payment, you will receive instructions on where to send your passport and documents.
• If you are approved, your visa and documents will be returned by mail or courier.

How long will It Take to Process My Visa?

• Applications are processed in the order they are received.
• The average processing time is 6 to 8 weeks.
• Expedited processing is not available.
• Check your application status online.
• If you need to travel urgently, consider applying for visa renewal abroad.
• If it is determined that your application is not eligible for visa renewal under the pilot, your application will be rejected, and payment will NOT be refunded.

This flyer is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on any
information in this flyer without seeking the advice of a competent, licensed immigration attorney.
We are closely monitoring the situation and encourage you to contact The Poonah Immigration Law Firm. You can reach
us by emailing info@poonahimmigrationlaw.com or by calling us at 678-978-5848.