My South African passport expires next year, but my USA visa is still valid for 8 years. Will the USA visa be carried over to my new passport?


No, it won’t be carried over to your new passport. You will have to carry both passports when you go there so they can see the visa in your old passport.

My old passport has already expired. My visa to travel to the United States is still valid but in my expired passport. Do I need to apply for a new visa with my new passport?

No. If your visa is still valid you can travel to the United States with your two passports, as long as the visa is valid, not damaged, and is the appropriate type of visa required for your principal purpose of travel. (Example: tourist visa, when your principal purpose of travel is tourism). Both passports (the valid and the expired one with the visa) should be from the same country and type (Example: both Uruguayan regular passports, both official passports, etc.). When you arrive at the U.S. port-of-entry (POE, generally an airport or land border) the Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer will check your visa in the old passport and if s/he decides to admit you into the United States they will stamp your new passport with an admission stamp along with the annotation "VIOPP" (visa in other passport). Do not try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. If you do so, your visa will no longer be valid.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Read the last sentence very carefully.


It is a bit unclear what you mean with 'carried over'.

  • The visa will stay valid.
  • however, there will be no visa sticker put in your new passport.
  • so you simply need to carry the (still valid) visa inside the old passport with you.

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