H1B consular processing or direct

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Jan 28 7 Comments

The law firm for my company told me that they will apply for the consular processing of my H1B visa. I wanted to know which is the normal process for a person who is going from OPT to H1B?

P.S:
On the internet, i found direct H1B conversion does not involve any interview and it happens very fast compared to consular.

Any idea?

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  • New / Data elephantD
    It depends on a few things. If your opt will expired when your H1 formally activated, you have to do consular processing. Sometimes, if your employer has bad credit at USCIS, it may also cause the consular processing.
    Jan 28 2
    • New / Eng
      Live2know

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      Is there any problem in consular processing in general?
      Jan 28
    • New / Data elephantD
      I don’t think there is any problems. But may depends on which country you are going to do it. I had experience doing it in China and Taiwan. I got all approved.
      Jan 30
  • Cisco RbYm72
    Which company are you in?
    Jan 28 1
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  • Amplify DkTB10
    If you have international travel plans between April(submit application) to Oct(effective date), then you have to do consular processing, otherwise change of status is more straightforward. If you have stem opt, and still have some years left, you could do cp and choose to activate H1B visa later to save 7% on tax with OPT status.
    Jan 31 0
  • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
    Might take longer for you to apply for PERM as F1 is not dual intent and you'd have to switch to H1B before you apply.
    Jan 28 0