AVR is irrelevant to you if you want to return in F1 status, since your F1 Visa is valid. However, if you are enrolled in some shady day 1 CPT school, it is possible that you will face more scrutiny irrespective of Visa validity.
If you want to return in H1B status after your petition is approved, then AVR will be applicable to you.
Hello - Which border did you cross and is your I140 approved already?Landing & AVR Experience -
We decided to do our landing via land. The landing process was smooth. Reached the border at noon. Was just asked for COPR and passports and was asked basic questions and then asked to sign the COPR documents. The whole process took about 30. All the immigration officials were pleasant.
Drove to a town in Canada for Lunch & then headed back to US in a couple hours. I was using AVR (Visa Stamp expired 3 years ago) & my wife had a valid H1B Stamp. The US Border agents were equally pleasant. I did have to park my car and go into the office to get a new paper I-94. Just basic questions asked, like where do you work, how long was your trip etc. The process was very smooth.
Overall a very pleasant and smooth experience on both sides of the border. Hope this helps someone!
I have an expired F1 visa stamped on my passport but currently on a valid H1-B visa with I-797 and valid I-94. But I do not have a H1-B stamp on my passport. Can I still use AVR to return to the US? Kindly advise.
Yes, you can use AVR to return in H1B status.Hi
I am in a similar situation - I was on F1-OPT and then changed to H1. My F1 is valid til 2021 but now I have a new i94 and i797A thats valid until May 2022. I believe that having a H1 invalidates the prior F1 and I should be able to use AVR (based on H1) on my way back from Canada. is that correct?
Thanks @lampbreakerYes, you can use AVR to return in H1B status.