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Can I enter the US on a visa that's about to expire?

Our travel expert has the answer

17 November 2019 - 00:00 By Elizabeth Sleith
You can use your US visa right up until the date of expiry.
You can use your US visa right up until the date of expiry.
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Q. I have a multiple-entry US visa which expires at the end of January. Will I still be able to travel to the US in early January? - Cara Pautasso

A. According to the US Department of State's website, unless voided or cancelled, your visa is valid until the expiration date.

Mainly, this is because the visa itself does not guarantee you entry anyway - it is only permission to arrive at the port of entry and apply to be let in. It is an immigration officer at the port of entry who will decide.

If all is in order, they will grant you entry but will also determine your permitted length of stay, which will be recorded in your passport. As long as you exit by that date, you'll be fine.

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