Automatic Visa Revalidation
Automatic visa revalidation allows foreign nationals to reenter the U.S. after a brief visit to Canada or Mexico even though the U.S. visa has expired, or the current visa does not match the current status in the U.S. For those in J and F status, it also allows them to reenter after travel to islands in the Caribbean (except Cuba). You must meet the eligibility criteria listed below:
- Be seeking reentry to the U.S. from a visit of less than 30 days
- The automatic visa revalidation benefit is not available if the visit exceeds 30 days, or if the visit includes countries other than those countries listed above.
- Have a valid, unexpired I-94 record. Depending on your circumstances, this may be:
- a printout of the electronic I-94 record from the Customs and Border Protection website
- the small, white card stapled into your passport if your last entry was at a land border
- Note: Persons planning to use automatic visa revalidation must not allow the airline (or anyone else) to remove the I-94 from their passport when departing the U.S.
- if your status changed or extended while you were in the U.S., the card attached to the bottom right corner of your I-797 Approval Notice.
- Have a valid passport
- Have not applied for a new visa at a U.S. consulate
- Not be a citizen of a country designated by the U.S. government as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
- Have the correct visa-specific documents and intend to resume the same status back in the U.S.:
- J-1 Exchange Visitors: a valid DS-2019
- F-1 Students: I-20 and OPT EAD (if applicable)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has more information on automatic visa revalidation. You may find it helpful to take a printout of this linked web page with you when you travel. For more information please click here