Study Abroad: Visa Expired? No Problem Enter U.S. with Automatic Revalidation

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Study Abroad: Visa Expired? No Problem Enter U.S. with Automatic Revalidation

Even if you are on an expired nonimmigrant visa you can still enter the US under certain circumstances. This is called automatic revalidation. Know more about automatic revalidation and who is eligible for this process.

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Study Abroad: Visa Expired? No Problem Enter U.S. with Automatic Revalidation

What is Automatic Revalidation and What are the Requirements?

As per the US Department of State, certain temporary visitors with expired nonimmigrant visas may be admitted to the country at a port of entry. The condition is that they should have departed from the US to Canada or Mexico for 30 days or less and possess a valid admission stamp or paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure record which should be endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Candidates having an expired nonimmigrant visa but a valid I-94 record and any of the below-mentioned situations must reapply for and should be issued a nonimmigrant visa before entering the U.S:

  • Applied for a new visa but it has not been issued yet
  • Applied for a new visa but was rejected
  • Outside the US for more than 30 days
  • Traveled to a country which is not included in the automatic revalidation provisions
  • Belong to a State of Sponsor of Terrorism designated country including Iran, Syria, and Sudan
  • They are on an F student visa or J exchange visitor visa and have traveled to Cuba
  • They are on an M student visa and have traveled to a location outside the U.S. other than Canada or Mexico

Documents Required

Check below the list of documents required for automatic revalidation:

All the candidates require a valid passport and I-94 record. Other than this, if they are:

  • F-1 student, bring your I-20 and OPT EAD (if applicable)
  • J-1 exchange visitor, a valid DS-2019
  • H-1B temporary workers, bring I-797

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