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Enter US with Valid B1/B2 Visa in Expired Passport ? Other Visas ?

I was traveling to US after 4 years with my B1/B2 visa, which was valid, but in expired passport. I did a lot of research to ensure I do not have issues at Port of entry (POE). Thankfully, I recently entered US using the same valid B1/B2 visa in old expired passport, successfully without any issue. Thought it was worth sharing with everyone.

Background Info on my B1/ B2 Visa  :

I had valid B1/B2 visa of type regular ( R ) from 2012 to 2022 and it was in old expired passport that got expired in 2013. I got a new passport in 2013. My old and new passports are from India and of same type ( regular ). The B1/ B2 US visa in old passport was in undamaged condition.

What is the rule of any Valid US Visa in Expired passports ? US Dept. of State Rule ?

It is very straightforward, you can enter US using the same US visa, as long as it is valid and your passport issuing country are same, including the passport type.  This rule applies to all types of visas, including B1/B2 visa. Below is the exact rule taken from US Department of state.   It very clearly tells that you do not need to go for new visa stamping, if the visa in expired passport is valid and in good condition without any damages.  The key thing is that you will need to carry both your passports.US Visa Validity with Expired Passport Clause

Valid US Visa in Old Expired Passport, Have two New Passports. Is it Valid ?

Yes, it is valid and you can use  it to enter US. Personally, I had my valid B1/B2 visa was on my old expired passport and I had two new passports that I got as I exhausted pages. When I entered US at Port of entry, I was able to successfully clear immigration and customs by showing valid visa in my both old passport and the current valid passport. In a nutshell, the number of passports between your old passport with US visa and your current new passport does not matter.

Does Airlines Travel Desk issuing Boarding Pass check it ?

Yes, when you at the airport in your home country, usually someone at the travel desk, who issues your boarding pass or before that the security officer will check your US Visa and ask for the same. So, you are basically screened at first place itself.

Did the CBP officer at Port of Entry ask any questions on this Expired Passport or Your Visa  ?

Not really. The CBP officer did not really ask me anything about my old passport. I gave him both the passports and he checked for himself and stamped the new passport with the entry date on it.

Is there any reason to be worried, if you are traveling with expired passport and valid US visa ?

Honestly, I was kind of nervous leaving to US after 4 years for a conference with my new passport. Though, I did my research, I was kind of thinking in my mind, if there will be any questions at port of entry on the topic. I was just thinking if the system would recognize my passport and visa, etc… I was asked only few questions as listed below, but none of them related to visa validity or passport.

  • Where are you traveling to ?
  • What is the purpose of your visit ?
  • How long will you be in US?
  • Where do you currently live ?

Where can I check the official rule on US Dept of State Website ?

You can check under “Visa Validity” section at US Dept of State website for official information and updates, if any. I always recommend checking US Dept of state website as visa rules can be subject to updates very often and the above information may change anytime.

Overall, though I had some questions in my mind, until I got to Port of Entry, there is nothing to worry as long your US visa ( not just B1/B2 visa) is valid and in undamaged condition in same kind of passport given from same country.
What was your experience entering with valid US visa in Expired Passport ? 

Also, you do not need to go through long line at port of entry for B1/B2 and you can use Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks. You may also read B1/ B2 US Visa Stamping Experience 


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  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the great information you shared with us all.
    I have small issue to ask, I just received my new Indian Passport with my correct Name as per my Educational and ID proof’s ”PARAMJEET SINGH” and in my previous/old passport with valid US B1/B2 visa – Validity till 2026 name was ”PARMJEET SINGH”…
    Can I travel with New and Old passport(with Valid US Visa) or I need to apply for new US visa because of this Minor Change in Name?
    My current passport has Old passport and file number in last page(Indian Passport) and Mentioned ”OLD PPT CONTAINS VALID VISA”
    Waiting for your reply and thanks in advance.

    • Paramjeet,
      Well, I am not sure…Technically, you should be fine, if you carry both the documents….But, I suggest you email the embassy or CBP officer to get confirmation to be safe…

      • Hi,
        Thank you.
        I received Email from the US Embassy and as per the Email:-

        Dear Sir,

        Yes, you can carry your valid visa with your new passport till the visa expiration date.

        • Awesome ! That’s good to hear. Thanks for the update Paramjeet !
          I also suggest, you print out the email and carry it with you as backup to show, if asked at port of entry.

  2. Hi! I have a valid b1/b2 visa and it is in my maiden name on my expired passport. I have renewed my passport and changed to my married name. Will I still be able to use my valid visa or do I need to get a new one? I have come across sites which said that there’s usually no problem as long as you bring the marriage certificate however other websites say that you have to apply for a new visa. Thanks for your help!

  3. Hi,
    I am with similar case and successfully entered USA without much issues.

    Buy my concern is, today’s port of entry stamp is printed on cancelled passport by US official and also i have checked I-94 it came with cancelled passport number only.

    Will this be a problem in future?

    • Rakesh,
      It should be fine in general. Yes, the online system will show the old passport number for your I-94, that’s normal. You can email the CBP on the stamp part of it in Old passport to be sure. Do update here after you write to them.

  4. I have valid US visa in my expired passport I visited US with new passport and my expired passport last year now my new passport is little bit damage so if i again re issue the new passport will there be any problem for travelling US

  5. I have an Indian passport and US visa issued in Muscat, my passport is expiring in October this year but my US visa is valid till 2023, now I am in India and want to renew my passport, will my US visa be valid to travel to US.

  6. Hello,

    I am an Indian National with a valid US visa expiring in 2024 which is on an old passport. I have recently renewed my Indian passport in Singapore (I work in Singapore). My new passport states Place of Issue as Singapore. In such case will my USA visa still remain valid considering this change of details from Mumbai to Singapore as place of issue.

    • Yes, it will still be valid…My case is similar to yours as well, my second passport place of issue is different and I was able to enter US successfully.

  7. Hello. I have a valid US visa on an expired passport. However, when I renewed my passport, the issuing authority put the birthplace as follows:

    Expired Passport: XXX XXXX ZZZ AAA
    New Passport: XXX XXXX AAA ZZZ

    Actually, both places are the same place and they were acronyms. I mean, you cannot really read them as they are. Note that birthplace are not written in the visa itself. When I applied for a new passport, the place actually comes in a dropdown menu with no abbreviations so me, as a citizen, does not have any control on how my government will abbreviate the place of birth on the passport.

    I have consulted so many people (even travel consultants) on this and I even asked the US consulate – not officially but through a friend working there – if this will cause me any problem. However, all of them said “it will not have any problem”.

    What is your opinion on this?

    • It should not have any problem. Logically, as long as you have your Old passport number in the new passport as reference, it should be fine. As long as your name and date of birth on Visa are same in both, you should be fine.

  8. My US visa (B1/B2)was issued in March 2008 in China and it was for 10 years. It was now expired in March 2018, what is procedure for renewal of US visa in China, for Indian passport holder, please suggest, my email id is [email protected]

  9. My old passport expired in 2015with US B1/B2 visa expired in 2018 Feb. I got my passport renewed in 2015 itself.
    Can i renew my B1/B2 visa?

    • You can, provided that you have all the documents for B1/B2. Check, if you are eligible for dropbox on the USTravelDocs website.

  10. My Child passport expired with valid US multiple visa the passport officer stamped cancelled on front page of thr passport my question is do they stamp cancelled on passport if so does the visa validity stays?

    • J Singh,
      Yes, they do. In fact, for mine, they even cut a corner of the passport page, where you have the photo, so that I cannot use it. Do not worry, as long as the US visa on the passport is valid, you are fine. You just need to carry all the old and new passports.

  11. Hi Folks!

    My 12 year old son has a valid nonimmigrant US visa on his expired swiss passport. He also has a valid Guatemalan passport. Can he still travel and be admitted into the US?
    Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. Travel date is on Dec 25th.


    • Per Hol,
      Technically, it should be fine as long as the US visa is valid. But, I do not know how it works when you have two passports. You can write to US embassy or CBP officer, just to make sure and confirm.

  12. Hi Saurabh,

    I have a valid US visa till Feb 2019. I am planning to travel to US in next two or three months i.e., November, 2017. My passport will expire in Jan 2019.
    So, my question here is

    1) Can I extend my US visa with my expired passport?
    2) Can I travel to India with expired passport?

    Please reply.

    • Chintu,
      1. There is nothing called visa extension. You apply for new visa, once it expires. The passport validity does not matter as long as the visa is valid.
      2. No, you will need to get a new passport in US.

      If you read the above article, it clearly tells that you can have valid visa in expired passport and it will work fine. Nothing to worry about extension of visa, as long as it is valid.

  13. I have an expired passport with a valid US Visa. The front cover from teh passaport was damaged (kids…). The Visa page is in perfect state, just like my valid passaport…I have a scheduled business travel for US and not sure if the cover page off from the expired passaport will be a problem at the PoE… I have no time to issue a new visa on the new passaport 🙁

    • Josie,
      As long as they can read your details and passport number from old passport, you should be fine. You can always email CBP officer, if you are not sure. Also, do share your experience after visiting US.

  14. Last time when my mom visited US, she had her VISA in her old passport. We presented both old and the new passport and they had no issues letting us in.

    And if you see, the new passport has the old passport’s number in it. And I believe all this would be automatically updated in their systems???

    Finally what matters is whats shown in their system. If its all green for them, they most probably will let us in, unless they have something to suspect.

    • Vinay,
      Yes, that’s right, it gets updated in their system with the new passport number. In fact, you can check that online. I will cover that in an article.


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