Automatic Visa Revalidation
"Automatic visa revalidation" allows certain nonimmigrants to travel to Canada or Mexico (and in some instances, adjacent islands other than Cuba) and return to the U.S. in their most recent status using an expired or previous classification visa stamp. You may be eligible to use this program if you comply with the following:
- You are only outside the U.S. for 30 days or fewer;
- You are in possession of a valid passport and the visa stamp most recently used to enter the U.S.;
- You are in possession of a valid I-94 card (or valid I-94 coupon from Form I-797 for an approved application to change or extend nonimmigrant status) and, for F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrants, are in possession of a valid travel-endorsed I-20 or DS-2019;
- You do not travel to a third country; and
- You do not apply for a new visa stamp.
Citizens of any country identified by the U.S. as supporting terrorism are not eligible to use the automatic visa revalidation program. A list of these countries may be found at http://www.state.gov/j/ct/c14151.htm.
Individuals in a nonimmigrant status other than F-1 or J-1 may use the automatic visa revalidation program to visit Canada or Mexico only.
Individuals in F-1 or J-1 status are eligible to use the automatic visa revalidation program to visit Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands outlined at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f2.htm#_Toc81222015. Note that visitors to Cuba may not use the automatic visa revalidation program.