In a recent meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the U.S. Consulate General at Vancouver, B.C., Canada, confirmed that it will accept first time H-1B applications for stamping. Appointments for first time H-1B holders are limited and released only several months in advance. Previously, it was recommended that first time H-1B holders return to their home country for stamping.
Please note, this only applies to the Vancouver Consulate. First-time H-1B applicants should not attempt to book their first appointment at any other non-home country consulate besides Vancouver. The appointments fill up quickly, so it is advised to regularly monitor the online appointment system in order to obtain the first appointment available.
Should you have any questions about how to prepare for your first visa appointment, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Nicole Fink.