Automatic Visa Revalidation for Travel to Mexico, Canada and Some Adjacent Islands
Automatic visa revalidation allows some individuals with an expired visa stamp to re-enter the United States after a visit to Canada or Mexico and in some cases adjacent islands using a valid, unexpired Form I-94 in place of a visa.
The person seeking re-entry must be returning from a visit to Canada or Mexico of fewer than 30 days duration.
If you apply for a US visa at a US Embassy or Consulate while in this contiguous territory you are not eligible.
Person seeking re-entry must have a valid:
- Unexpired Form I-94
- Form I-20/DS-2019 signed by ISSS for travel (F/J) or a Form I-797 (H,O)
Person seeking reentry cannot be a citizen of "state sponsors of terrorism" (see below)
Please Note: An individual who meets these criteria should be permitted to re-enter the United States as though s/he had never left. If you have changed your immigration status in the US then you should be readmitted in the changed classification. You must present an original Form I-94 (print this out online at www.cbp.gov/i94) The Form I-94 presented must be valid - it cannot have expired or be for an incorrect nonimmigrant status. For example, an individual who is in Visitor for Pleasure (B-2) status and who has applied for but not yet received a change of status to Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) status would not be considered eligible to leave and return to the U. S. through this process.
You must not have violated your status when previously in the U.S.
If you are a national of Iran, Syria, Sudan or Cuba you are not eligible to reenter the US with Automatic Visa Revalidation