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When someone travels to the US on H1B visa, is it mandatory to bring the I797 approval notice? Or is it okay to travel with just a photocopy of the I797 document?

  • cross-posting: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/45450/… – Dirty-flow Apr 1 '15 at 14:43
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    I was asked to post here when I first posted in travel. So posted the question here. – bjrp Apr 1 '15 at 14:48
  • cross-posting is a bad idea, if your question is off-topic in travel, you should ask a moderator to migrate it. – Dirty-flow Apr 1 '15 at 15:07
  • Ok, I wasn't sure where this question belongs to. – bjrp Apr 1 '15 at 15:14
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Yes, it's mandatory.

USCIS lags behind going all digital, they still rely on checking paper documents. Whether it will get check or not is bit random, but I've checked with a few people who travel on H1 or L1 very frequently and they say that about 50% of the time they are asked for I-797. As far as I know, USCIS accepts only the originals.

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