Copy of previous visas for new visa application

I went to the US on an H2B visa back in 2018, then I extended my visa to stay another 6 months and then returned back home to South Africa. I never received an I-94 document for my visa extension.

Now I'm currently in the process of applying for a new H2B visa to go back to the US again, but the US consulates requires that I provide them with copies of all previous visas and visa extensions at my visa appointment. This is a big problem for me, as I don't have a copy of my visa extension and my employer who extended my visa in 2018 seems to have lost my visa extension approval papers.

Is it absolutely necessary to provide the consulate with this document? Or can I try and provide other proof to the consulate that my visa was indeed extended, such as an affidavit and a letter from that employer stating that my extension I-94 is lost and that I was employed there for that season and that my visa extension was approved? Is there anything else I can do? Or will the consulate deny my visa without a copy of my extension I-94? I'm pretty stressed out.

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