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    Hello,

    I have a United State of America Visa B-1B-2 dated 13 Jan 1984 stamped in an old passport. It has the word INDEFINITELY stamped.

    Is this Visa still valid when I go to Alaska this year or must I apply for a new one.

    The reason I ask is that I must apply for a new passport as my old one will expire before the six months after return home and this new passport may not be biometric. I will therefore need a full Visa.

    Many thanks,

    DV

  • #2
    Hello,

    I have a United State of America Visa B-1B-2 dated 13 Jan 1984 stamped in an old passport. It has the word INDEFINITELY stamped.

    Is this Visa still valid when I go to Alaska this year or must I apply for a new one.

    The reason I ask is that I must apply for a new passport as my old one will expire before the six months after return home and this new passport may not be biometric. I will therefore need a full Visa.

    Many thanks,

    DV

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    • #3
      That's a tricky question. Technically, given that you're traveling with a valid passport, then the "indefinite" visa should be honored - but, will it be? America no longer issues non-immigrant visas of indefinite validity...so it's possible that all previously-issued "indefinite" visas have been canceled.

      I recommend that you contact the American Embassy in your country of origin...and ask them.

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      • #4
        What you have got is called a Burrough visa.
        It is no long valid, they changed the rules on them in 2004.
        They first made it valid only for 10 yrs from date of issuance or one more visit before it was void.

        Here is some information on it:

        SUBJECT: BURROUGHS VISAS INVALID AS OF APRIL 1, 2004
        REF: 9 FAM 41.112 Note 2.7

        1. Consular officers are reminded that all Burroughs visas with
        indefinite validity had their validity limited to 10 years by
        regulation, 22 CFR 21.112(b)(2). Therefore, no Burroughs visas have
        been valid since April 1, 2004. Posts should reach out to local
        airlines, immigration authorities, and other relevant agencies to
        remind them of this fact.

        2. The last indefinite-validity Burroughs visa was issued on March
        31, 1994. In order not to inconvenience travelers, it was decided at
        that time to allow persons with valid Burroughs visas to continue to
        use them for 10 years from date of issuance, and a regulation was
        promulgated to this effect. During this 10-year period, immigration
        inspectors were able to admit persons carrying Burroughs visas one
        last time, but were to instruct travelers to obtain a new visa for
        any subsequent trips to the United States. All indefinite-validity
        Burroughs visas became invalid after March 31, 2004. All other
        Burroughs visas should also have expired by that time.

        3. The Department has received reports of travelers still attempting
        to enter the United States using Burroughs visas, often fraudulently.
        Posts should remind local airlines, travel agents, immigration
        authorities, and others that Burroughs visas are no longer valid for
        entry into the United States, and any traveler attempting to enter
        with a Burroughs visa will be denied admission at a port-of-entry.

        http://travel.state.gov/visa/laws/te...rams_2774.html
        -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        God Bless America - God Bless Immigrants - God Bless Poor Misguided Souls Too

        National Domestic Violence Hotline:
        1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.

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        • #5
          Many many thanks for this info. All my searches fell on deaf ears.

          I'll do what a mans gotta do..........better be safe than very sorry. This was to be a trip of a lifetime.

          Cheers,

          DV

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          • #6
            You are very welcome, and hope that you still obtain whatever visa you need to make that trip in a lifetime without worries.

            All the best
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            God Bless America - God Bless Immigrants - God Bless Poor Misguided Souls Too

            National Domestic Violence Hotline:
            1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.

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            • #7
              Darth, not sure what country you are from but if your country is one on the list for visa waivers, you won't need a visa to enter the US if you are only here for 90 days or less and just visiting.

              Definitely change your passport to the new type because the US are very strong on that.

              I remember I had a visa when I was a child visiting the US, but luckily the VWP came in so didn't need one anymore for visiting.
              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              God Bless America - God Bless Immigrants - God Bless Poor Misguided Souls Too

              National Domestic Violence Hotline:
              1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.

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              • #8
                Sprint_girl07: This kind of info mostly you can get from the employees worked at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in the Consular Section.
                I still remember this info of 1994.

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