Indians to Get H1B Visa Stamping in USA and Documents for Stress-free Travel to India

May Deepavali become a federal holiday in the US or not; if the stamping of H1B visas within the US is granted, this will surely be the best Diwali gift or the best gift of the year for Indians. A facility for the stamping of H1B visas has been unanimously recommended by the US President’s advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Indian American Ajay Jain Bhutoria, an entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area and a member of the AAPI National Leadership Council, is the driving force behind this recommendation in the White House.

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H1B visa stamping in India has continued to be a nightmare for lakhs of Indians since the onset of the pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of H1B visa holders got stuck in India due to the pandemic-induced closure of US Embassy and consulates. Currently, the nightmare drags on over the US visa renewal appointment delays in India. This affects Indian families and causes their separation. Over 800 days is the visa interview wait time at the US Embassy and Consulates in India. Many Indians on H1B visa lost their US jobs as they could not travel back without visa stamping during the pandemic.

The recommendation for the stamping of H1B visas in USA has more to it. The Presidential commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders would like USCIS to update its visa stamping policy, which was done many years ago but it was not honored. It is also recommended that H1B visa holders should be provided with advanced travel documents so that they don’t get stuck back home and can re-enter the US on an expired visa.

If H1B visa holders are given advanced travel documents, they may be able to travel to India via Europe without a transit visa. As of today, if your US visa has expired, you need a transit visa to travel to India from USA via Europe. Traveling through the Middle East on an expired US visa does have any transit visa requirement. Given advanced travel documents, you will be able to choose a round-trip flight between USA and India over two one-way flights. Usually, round-trip flights to India cost lesser than two one-way flights booked separately. Without worrying about visa stamping in India and needing a transit visa for Europe, you will be able to visit your parents and attend to their medical needs back home.

The presidential approval to the stamping of H1B visas in America will promise a host of benefits. This is a most pressing need of the hour in view of the understaffed US Embassy and Consulates, India struggling to clear the visa backlogs that have built up over the past two years of the pandemic. It is draining financially and mentally those who traveled to India for unprecedented reasons such as family emergency, and in the hope of getting their visa renewal applications processed during a definite period of stay. They end up paying a fare difference for rescheduling their flights more than once, which costs them additional hundreds of dollars each time, due to the US visa processing delays in India.

“This is when an open ticket comes in handy. Keeping your flight tickets in open status is cheaper and better than rescheduling your reservation and paying a fare difference twice or thrice. Once your return travel date is confirmed, you can use the open ticket by paying a fare difference (if any) and certain fees (as per the airline policy) within 6 to 12 months from the date of original booking. We recommend open-ended air tickets to our customers without certain return travel dates,” said the chief ticketing officer of, a leading travel-booking partner of Indians in America.

However, H1B visa stamping in the United States is the most pragmatic solution given the way H1B visa holders from India and their families are being affected to the point of separation, mental health, and financial setbacks. At the same time, the stamping of H1B visas in USA may have certain implications as far as aviation economy is concerned. A sizeable number of H1B visa holders travel to India for visa renewal/extension every year. If H1B visas begin to be stamped in USA, they won’t need to travel to India except for other purposes, and its impact may be felt in US-India aviation.

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21 thoughts on “Indians to Get H1B Visa Stamping in USA and Documents for Stress-free Travel to India

    • SK

      I believe it will be a win win situation for the aviation industry. Most h1bs don’t go to European or other tourist spots because they have no choice but to travel to India to get their visa stamped. This will give liberty for tourism across the world

  1. Nihar Das

    Yes, this will solve H1-B travel issues.
    This will help aviation economy for frequent flying, flexibility of traveling and mostly avoiding paying vendors with Rs.15000/ ruppes per person to book visa appointment in US Consulate in India.
    This process was working before few years and I guess presidential executive order bring it back. Anyway finger crossed.

  2. Harish Kumar

    On a contradictory to your comment, No one will go to India only for stamping, of they have some purpose to go Stamping is stopping them to go to India. If the stamping is allowed inside the US, people will travel frequently to their home country easily, because of no dependency on stamping, then India-US aviation industry will be flourished.

    • Manoj Yadav

      I am completely agreeing with Harish comment, more people will fly if they do not have visa concern.
      I am the one who might be went 2 time to India in last 4 years but due to visa stamping issue not going.

  3. Sudhir Burde

    The recommendation when approved by the President would be a big relief to H1B visa holders from India. The pandemic and now the long waiting time for getting an appointment in India for the visa stamping has affected families deeply. Hoping the approval comes by October end.

  4. Trapped_in_H1B

    Indian citizens on a H1B visa are literally trapped here. Going back to visit family should not result in you losing your job! It would be basic human decency for America to offer visa stamping here.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Latha! You’re absolutely right. If someone’s H1B visa has expired and is not being extended due to visa processing delays in India, he/she would be allowed to return to the US.

  5. Satisjh

    How every thing turned in 1 week?
    Shortage of staff and overload due to post covid at us consulate office in india
    All problems solved in 1 week . Something is fishy for sure

  6. Baba

    Guys this is just an another carrot for H1B holders. They are never going to move the stamping process to USA. 🙁

  7. Raja

    To be honest , look back at history of 17 years. Everything is tightened on H1B and dependents except one exception and that is H4 EAD.
    Trust , these things pop up time to time but unfortunately nothing going to change.
    This is just a recommendation nothing else. If indians are not trapped here this way the economy going to impact in some extent.

  8. nitesh

    As reported in article, I hardly know someone who just travels to India just for stamping, OTOH, if stamping provided in US, it will boost US-India travel, since people know they can return back without hassles. Lot of people are just not able to travel because of uncertainty of them securing visa.

  9. Yuvaraj Ilangovan

    H1b visa stamping inside USA will actually provoke more travel back and forth from USA to India and it will not affect aviation economy and in fact it will boost aviation economy. Due to visa stamping approval/ denial issues, most of the Indian are actually reluctant to go to India and stuck in USA and so, providing visa stamping facility inside USA will be seriously a huge help for Indians to travel between countries.

  10. wacoo

    Actually it would be a boon for the Aviation Industry. I think a number of Indians postpone going outside of the united states purely because they lack stamping and want to avoid the hassle. of expired visas and stamping/renewals.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Venkat! If your US visa has expired, you need a transit visa to travel to India via Europe. If there is a transit between Schengen country airports in your itinerary via EU, you need a transit visa.


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