Prior H1B visa annotated "Clearance Received" or "Department Authorization"?

DS 160 - Prior H1B visa annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”?

What is the answer to "Was your prior H1B visa (temporary occupation, temporary worker or trainee) annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”? "
while filling DS-160 form for US visa interview.

What is the criteria to identify the existing/prior H1B visa annotated?

I have valid H1B approved petition.

How to find if your prior H1B visa is Annonated

Your visa stamp (foil) in your passport will have the text

  1. Clearance Received OR
  2. Department Authorization

If you do have this text, then you have to answer Yes to this question.

Sample H1B visa “Clearance Received” Annotation

Check this H1B visa stamp issued with ‘CLEARANCE RECEIVED’ Annotation.

If you are applying for a new H1B stamp from same or new employer, but your last visa foil in passport has this annotation, you are NOT eligible for dropbox facility.