Travel abroad when in L Status
 

Individuals in L-1 status who wish to travel outside the US for brief periods of time but whose visa has expired face a risk because they won’t be able to return to the US once they conclude their visit abroad.

To overcome this problem, individuals in L-1 status, are in certain circumstances, allowed to obtain a new visa without leaving the country through the State Department’s visa revalidation procedure. Especially, L-1 holders who are in valid status, whose passport will be valid for at least six months, and whose original visa has a remaining validity of 60 days or less or has expired within the last 12 months, can obtain a new L visa without leaving the country by applying for revalidation.

If someone is not eligible for the visa revalidation procedure, they can get a visa through US consulates in Mexico or Canada as long as the candidate is in valid status. This is called a Third Country Visa. Many individuals prefer to do this since this category of visa processing is expedited.

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