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Vacation to Mexico and Canada with expired U.S Visa

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Are you thinking about going to Cancun (Mexico) or Canada for a much deserved vacation? But your U.S visa stamping on your passport expired? You may still plan for that vacation to Mexico and Canada with your expired visa. Let’s see the options below.

Mexico BeachMoraine Lake, Canada
Mexico Beach (Left) Moraine Lake, Canada (Right) Photo by bantersnaps on Unsplash

Automatic Revalidation

Is your trip to Canada & Mexico less than 30 days? Do you have your approved and valid paper I-94 with your I-797 approval notice?  You can use the “Automatic Revalidation” provision in the Immigration Law that allows certain temporary visitors with expired nonimmigrant visa stamping on their passport who seek to return to the U.S may be admitted back to the U.S Port of Entry by CBP.

However the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the authority and the responsibility over the admission of travelers to the United States. 

Please check the following official Immigration Websites before planning your Travel. 

Travel.State.Gov – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-expiration-date/auto-revalidate.html

U.S Customs and Border Protection – https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2021-Feb/i-94_automation_fact-sheet.pdf 

Prepare for your Trip

Now noone is going to hold you back from enjoying the turquoise waters of Cancun or your ski trip to Canada. But it is a good idea to consult with your immigration attorney before booking the tickets for your trip, these laws change pretty often and it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to immigration.

Bonus Tip: You can go to Mexico without a Mexican Visa with an approved Canadian Visa

Regardless of your U.S Visa situation, you still need a valid visa to go to Canada or Mexico. Mexico government is flexible on their visa requirement for tourist visitors from the U.S and they allow you to get their Mexican Tourist Visa on Arrival if you have a valid Canadian Visa stamping. 

Check out Mexican Embassy for more information