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F-1/J-1 visa holders whose visa has expired may be able to return to the U.S. after traveling to Mexico, Canada and neighboring islands/U.S. territories under the following conditions:
Visit is not more than 30 days and the purpose is pleasure or vacation only.
Student has maintained full-time F-1 status at all times.
Student has unexpired passport and unexpired I-94.
Student has I-20/DS-2019 endorsed for travel within a year or six months if on post-OPT.
Student has not applied for the visa during the visit.
The automatic visa revalidation process re-validates that you are eligible to enter to the U.S. for this single trip. It is not considered a new admission to the U.S. nor a renewal of a visa.
This benefit also applies to non-immigrants who have changed to F status in the United States, whose visa is still in the category which they used to enter the United States.