Immigration Library: Visa Revalidation

Visa Revalidation is the process whereby certain individuals may renew their visa without leaving the country. Foreigners in the U.S. who wish to travel abroad for a brief period are faced with a risk, that they will be unable to return to the U.S. after they conclude their trip, since they lack a valid visa allowing them to enter the U.S. Visa Revalidation is designed to alleviate this problem where certain foreigners may obtain a new visa through the Department of State without leaving the U.S.

The Visa Revalidation Process is available to the following classes:

  • E (Treaty traders/Investors)
  • H (Specialty Occupation Aliens)
  • L (Intra-company Transferees)
  • O (Aliens of Extradinary Ability)
  • P (Artists or Entertainers)Are there any Additional Requirements?
  • In addition to having one of the above visas (E, H, L, O, P), one must meet the following:

  • Be in valid status; and
  • Possess a Passport that is valid for at least six (6) months; and
  • Have an original E, H, L, O or P Visa that is valid for 60 days or less; or
  • Have an original visa that expired within the past twelve (12) months.
  • For more information about Visa Revalidation, please refer to the following links:
    Addt'l Requirements
    Frequently Asked Questions about Visa Revalidation
    Attorney's Fees
    Articles & News on Visa Revalidation

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