Automatic Visa Revalidation
What Is Automatic Revalidation?
Under the automatic revalidation provision of immigration law, certain temporary visitors holding expired nonimmigrant visas who seek to return to the U.S. may be admitted at a U.S. port of entry by CBP, if they meet certain requirements, including, but not limited to the following:
- Nonimmigrants who departed the U.S. for brief travel to Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island (for F and J nonimmigrants) for thirty days or less.
- Nonimmigrants with a valid (unexpired) Form I-94, or electronic I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, endorsed by DHS.
Automatic revalidation is not the same as applying for a new visa. It simply allows you to re-enter the U.S. if you meet the above qualifications without having to apply for a new visa. Please be aware that re-entrance is ultimately up to the discretion of the CBP official.
Automatic Revalidation does not apply in the following circumstances. The traveler would need a valid visa before re-entering if he/she has:
- Applied for a new visa which has not yet been issued;
- Applied for a new visa and was denied;
- Has been outside of the United States for more than thirty days;
- Has traveled to a country other than Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island which is not included in the automatic revalidation provisions
- Is a national of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designated country, including Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.
- Is in possession of an F student visa or J exchange visitor visa and has traveled to Cuba;
- Is in possession of an M student visa and has traveled to a location outside the U.S., other than Canada and Mexico.