Do I need to renew a new passport? Am I considered "out of status" just because my passport has expired?

Asked 3 months ago - Chicago, IL

I am international student, currently on my OPT, it expires on July. But my passport has expired. It's been 9 months. I thought as long as I have valid I-20, i did not need a new passport. I am planning to continue my studies after OPT.

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  1. Jennifer Heewon Ahn

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    Answered . You are not out of status based on an expired passport. Go ahead and get your passport renewed, as it is recommended.

    Attorney Jennifer Ahn's answer is to provide general information only, and should not be construed as legal advice... more
  2. Dhenu Mitesh Savla

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    Answered . No, you're fine to renew your passport and not out of status.


    Dhenu Savla, Esq.
    SwagatUSA, LLC

    This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not meant to be relied upon as legal advice.
  3. Gunda Johanna Brost

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    Answered . No, an expired passport does not cause your status to expire, but in order to travel internationally you should arrange ASAP to get your passport renewed at the nearest embassy if you are not currently in your country. Best wishes.

    Gunda J. Brost Brost Law Office This advice does not form an attorney-client relationship and is merely... more
  4. Anna Tsibel Moreas

    Contributor Level 13

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    Answered . No, your expired passport does not make you "out of status." Contact the nearest consulate of your country to have the passport renewed.

    DISCLAIMER: The information appearing here is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to... more

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