Automatic Visa Revalidation (AVR)
Under automatic visa revalidation (AVR), qualifying individuals holding expired nonimmigrant visas who seek to return to the US may be admitted at a US port of entry, including the following:
- Nonimmigrants who departed the United States for brief travel to Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island (for F and J nonimmigrants) for 30 days or less.
- Nonimmigrants with a valid (unexpired) admission stamp or paper form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, endorsed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
A person is eligible for automatic visa revalidation provided the following conditions are met:
- The underlying authorization for the current status continues to be valid for Form I-129 for non-immigrant workers and Form I-20 for students in F status.
- The person’s absence from the United States is 30 days or less.
- The person did not visit any countries other than Mexico or Canada in that period. Travelers who are on an F visa or J visa status are allowed to visit adjacent islands to the United States (i.e., the Caribbean).
- The person does not have a pending or rejected the application for a new visa. Since it is not possible to renew a non-immigrant visa in the United States a person on a non-immigrant visa may travel to a nearby country to apply for a new visa.
- The person is not a citizen of one of the countries designated by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism.