Thank you for your patience. As we work through your questions, think about this as a conversation. I will ask you questions until I have the information I need, and then I will provide you with an answer. Don’t worry - it might take some time, but we will get through it together. Kindly remember to give me a positive rating before leaving this site today. I do not get a salary here, so your positive rating is the only way I am rewarded for doing my job. If that does not happen, it is as if I never worked, which I am sure you agree would not be an ideal outcome. So please do not forget to give me 3 or more stars, or any smiling faces, in order to help me get credit for doing my job. Thank you! ANSWER: If you plan to remain in the US, then you do not need to get an H1B visa stamp in your passport unless and until you plan to leave the US and return on H1B status. A change of status gets you a new I-94
, which is the evidence of your lawful status. If you do leave the US and want to come back on H1B, you will need an H1B visa stamp. To get that, you need to set up an appointment at the embassy/consulate
abroad. You will need to also apply for a non-immigrant visa
and pay the fee. You will have an interview for the H1B visa. You will need to provide the approval notice of the H1B petition, along with a copy of the petition that was filed, evidence that you continues to maintain lawful status for all times you were in the US, and an employment letter from the employer saying they continue to intend to employ you in the capacity for which the H1B petition was approved. Now there are specifics for the embassy or consulate you plan to go to to get the visa stamp. So you should consult the website of that consular post to get specifics about what is required, where to pay the fees, etc I hope I have answered your questions. I aim to give you excellent service, even if the outcome is not what you wanted. So I am happy to answer any related follow-up questions you might have, at no additional charge. And if you want to talk on the phone for 30 minutes, I can send you an offer for that. Once you have received an answer, please leave a positive rating by choosing on the 3, 4 or 5 stars so I get credit for doing my job. A BONUS is also appreciated, if you feel I've earned it. And if you have questions in the future, write FOR JAMES in the question and I will be your personal Expert in this category. Thank you!