Does my passport have to be valid for 6 months beyond my initial period of stay in the U.S.?

By July 15, 2020December 15th, 2020Questions & Answers
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If you are coming to the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (e.g. a B-1 visa or B-2 visa), the general rule is that your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date you will exit the U.S. For example, if you are coming to the U.S. on a B-2 visa as a tourist to visit your family from January 1 to January 20, your passport should be valid at least 6 months after January 20.

Certain countries are exempt from the 6-month requirement and the citizens of these countries only need to have a passport that is valid for the intended period of stay. If you are a national of one of those countries, in the hypo above, you would have to show that your passport is valid until at least January 20. Please see the list of these countries when you click here.

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