It is very common that most H1B, L1, F1, J1, M1 and their dependents may not have a valid visa stamping to travel abroad if you have changed your status or extended your non-immigrants status. US Customs and Border Protection has made a provision to validate an expired non-immigrant visa to be automatically extended to the date of entry to the United States. This provision is called “AUTOMATIC RE-VALIDATION OF VISAS “
Please note that each visa category has exceptions of countries that you may travel and return to the United States without a VALID VISA STAMPING ON YOUR PASSPORT.
Apart from the exceptions and countries below, you will NOT need a visa stamping to travel to U.S Territories like Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands as long as you have a valid I-94.
Please note that your trip to these exempt countries and Return to the United States cannot exceed 30 days!
This exception applies only if you are traveling to few nearby countries and return to the United States under the following conditions:
Rules for H1, L1, J1, F1, and other Non-Immigrants and their dependents
You must be in possession of Form I-94 endorsed to show an unexpired period of initial admission or extension stay or in possession of the Certificate of Eligibility Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-20AB or SEVIS DS-2029
M-1 Student must also present a properly endorsed SEVIS Form I-20MN
You must be in possession of a valid passport, unless exempt
You have NOT attempted to apply for a for a new visa while abroad and it was refused
You have maintained your non-immigrants and you intend to resume non-immigrant status
Countries you may Travel (F1, J1 Non-Immigrants and their dependents only)
- Saint Pierre
- The Dominican Republic