One of the things that may happen to you after you attend US Visa interview is get a stamp of “Cancelled without Prejudice” on your previous US Visa stamp that was either valid or expired. It could happen to you on any visa like F1 Visa, B1/B2 Visa. All the details related to that stamp, including sample, common FAQs are addressed below.
Cancelled without Prejudice meaning on US Visa ?
Sometimes, your US Visa officer would put a stamp like in below image that says “Cancelled without prejudice” on your valid or expired US visa that was already on your passport. It may be stamped on a valid or expired visas such as F1 visa, H1B visa, B1 / B2 Visa, etc.
As per US State Department, that issues you US Visas, it is a stamp that is put on visa, if there is any mistake on your visa or if the visa is considered duplicate. Having that stamp does not really affect the validity of the other US visas on your passport or anything wrong with your passport or your profile in general. So, nothing to panic. Also, we have seen it on valid visas as well, when they go for stamping, Consular office would put that stamp. For example, if you had F1 visa valid and you went for H1B Visa stamping, then Visa officer may put the stamp “Cancelled without Prejudice” on your Valid F1 visa and then issue H1B visa for you. Below is the exact screenshot from US State Department. Check Official Reference state.gov website
It is exactly the same, it does not matter. The stamp is just put by Visa officer, if they feel it is duplicate or other category of visa is given to the individual.
No, it will not. It does not impact your ability to get a new visa or impact you as an individual. It is given for administrative reasons to indicate wrong ones with errors, either old or duplicate visas that are not usable anymore.
No, your visa was not denied or rejected by visa officer, if they put stamp that says “cancelled without prejudice” . You do not have to indicate anything on the DS-160 form during US visa application process.
What are the various stamps types of “Cancelled without Prejudice” ?
Below are few more samples of the same, it can have any kind of font or look, but the text is what matters.