Getting an H-1 Visa Stamp
If you are outside the U.S. and have no H-1 visa stamp or have an expired H-1 visa stamp in your passport, you must apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad. See USEmbasy.gov for a list of U.S. embassies and consulates.
See Entry Visas in Nonimmigrant Classifications for an overview of the procedures for obtaining a visa.
You must have these documents to apply for an H-1 visa stamp:
- Your valid passport.
- The original I-797 Approval Notice.
- A copy of ETA 9035 (Labor Condition Application).
- A copy of the signed I-129 petition as filed by Stanford University with USCIS.
- A current letter of employment from your Stanford University host department.
Note: If you are a Canadian citizen, you are not required to apply for a visa stamp. However, you should prepare the above documents to present to a Customs and Border Protection agent at the port of entry.