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Automatic Visa Revalidation

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In some cases, persons in F/J visa status may re-enter the United States - even if their visas have expired - without obtaining a new visa. This is called Automatic Visa Revalidation.

You can enter the United States and automatically revalidate your visa if:

  • You have an expired/valid F/J visa
  • Your stay in Canada/Mexico or the Carribean was less than 30 days and you did not travel to other countries
  • You have a valid I-20/DS-2019 (your program has not expired and you have a valid signature for travel)
  • You have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months into the future
  • You did not apply to renew your F/J visa status
  • and You are not a citizen from
    • Cuba
    • Iran
    • North Korea
    • Sudan
    • Syria