My H1b visa stamp on passport has expired, however I do have a valid H1b extension approval. Can I travel to Mexico for 10days.

Asked 8 months ago - West New York, NJ

My H1b visa stamp on passport has expired, however I do have a valid H1b extension approval letter from USCIS.
1. Can I travel to Mexico and South America for 10days.
2. Do I need a visa stamping for 10 days trip or my approval letter will do.
3. Shall I carry all these immigration documents with me or its safer to leave it at home.


Thanks in advance for your time.

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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman

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    Answered . To travel to Mexico or Canada, you can travel for up to 30 days without a visa. To travel anywhere else about, you will need an H-1B visa in order to reenter the U.S.

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    Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response... more
  2. Harry Asatrian

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    Answered . Yes. You may travel to Mexico with an approved extension and expired visa in your passport under the contiguous territory rule.

    Mr. Asatrian's practice is dedicated to the area of immigration and nationality law. Please note the information... more
  3. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . 1. Mexico yes; "south America": you will need a new visa stamp to be readmitted.
    2. See my answer 1. above. You can be readmitted on your I-797 approval notice when coming back from an adjacent country (Mexico, Canada) on a trip of less than 30 days, for anything beyond those two countries you'll need to apply for and obtain a consular visa "stamp" to be readmitted.
    3. Carry copies of everything to produce if asked either at the port of entry or airport upon return.

    Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be construed as legal advice, given that... more

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