Individuals in H-1B status who wish to travel outside the United States for brief
periods of time are faced with a risk that they will be unable to return to the
United States once they conclude their visit abroad since they lack a visa allowing
for their return to the United States.
alleviate this problem, individuals in H-1B status are, in certain circumstances,
allowed to obtain a new visa without leaving the country through the Department
of State's visa revalidation procedure. Specifically, H-1B visa holders who are
in valid status, whose passport will be valid for at least six months, and whose
original H-1B visa has a remaining validity of 60 days or less or has expired
within the last 12 months, may obtain a new H-1B visa without leaving the country
by applying for revalidation (renewal) of the H-1B visa at the U.S. Department
If you are
not eligible for the visa revalidation procedure then applying for
a visa at a U.S. consulate in a foreign country may be the next
best alternative. The use of designated U.S. Consulates located
in Mexico or Canada is especially suited for such applications if
the candidate is in valid status.
holders eligible for the visa revalidation procedure (see above) may still apply
for a visa at a U.S. consulate located in a foreign country. Such individuals
may prefer doing this since the Third Country Visa process is expedited.
can assist individuals obtain a visa at Consulates located in Mexico or Canada
or through the visa revalidation procedure. By obtaining such a visa, the H-1B
holder will be allowed to travel overseas for a brief period of time and then
If you are
interested in obtaining such a visa for travel or for other purposes,
please feel free to contact our office by clicking here.
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