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How Far Ahead of October 1st Can I Apply for an H-1B Visa?

How Far Ahead of October 1st Can I Apply for an H-1B Visa?

Courtesy of Murali Bashyam

If you have an approved H-1B petition with an October 1st, 2014 start date, you can actually apply for an H-1B visa now. Consular offices are authorized to accept H-1B visa applications and issue the visas up to 90 days prior to the start date on the H-1B petition. However, it's important to note that an H-1B visa holder can only use that visa to enter the U.S. in H-1B status up to 10 days prior to the October 1st, 2014 start date. So, although you can beat the rush in getting a visa stamp, you cannot enter the US until late September.

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