In limited situations, you are able to travel outside of the United States and re-enter the United States with a Valid I-94 Form and an Expired Visa. This is referred to as automatic visa revalidation Make sure you meet the requirements for automatic visa revalidation before you depart the United States.
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What Is Automatic Visa Revalidation?
Automatic visa revalidation allows certain temporary visitors holding expired nonimmigrant visas to be admitted at a U.S. port-of-entry by CBP, if they meet the following:
- Depart the United States, for thirty (30) days or less, for brief travel to Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island (for F and J nonimmigrants); AND
- Have a valid (unexpired) admission stamp or paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, endorsed by DHS.
When do I need a Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate?
In some case you will need to reapply and be re-issued a visa when your existing visa has expired, even if you have a valid admission stamp or Form I-94, before you re-enter the United States. You will need to obtain a new visa before you re-enter the United States on an expired nonimmigrant visa (but valid admission stamp or Form I-94), if one or more of the following applies to your situation:
- Applied for a new visa which has not yet been issued;
- Applied for a new visa and was denied;
- Have been outside of the United States for more than thirty days;
- Have traveled to a country other than Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island which is not included in the automatic revalidation provisions;
- Are a national of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designated country, including Iran, Syria, and Sudan.
- Are in possession of an F student visa or J exchange visitor visa and has traveled to Cuba;
- Are in possession of an M student visa and has traveled to a location outside the United States, other than Canada and Mexico.