Does it matter during immigration (in India while leaving for the US or at the US CBP) if an expired US stamp is faded or marked while the valid visa is in pristine condition in the Passport. The old visa expired in 2018 which is fading a bit and has a pen mark, but the new visa valid till 2021 is in pristine condition.


Nobody at the US border is going to care much about your old and expired visa. After all it is old and expired. US CBP is only going to look at your current visa, and the same for the airline.

India probably isn't even going to care unless you have an ECR passport, but again only your current visa is of any importance, and it's not for a GCC country anyway.

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  • This holds true as long as it is identifiable, if not it might be a problem cause it could be previewed to be a stamp from a country that would restrict entry to the US – Matt Douhan Jul 21 '19 at 4:20
  • @MattDouhan I'm having trouble imagining any damage that might cause an old US visa to resemble anything that might cause someone to be refused entry to the US, that also would not make the passport itself unusable. – Michael Hampton Jul 21 '19 at 4:58
  • Coffee stain or x stain I suppose that ruins that single page. – Matt Douhan Jul 21 '19 at 5:00
  • Actually a US CA DMV agent asked to strike off the old visa with a pen. And panicked I tried to erase the pen mark after I came home which led to a bit of fading. The damage is very minimal but was just concerned. And yes its clearly visible as a US visa still. – jack traven Jul 21 '19 at 5:52
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    @jacktraven It's common in other countries for border officers to draw a line across a used single entry visa when the traveler enters the country. There is nothing common at all about a DMV employee drawing a line across a visa! But again, it's expired so in the end it really doesn't matter. – Michael Hampton Jul 21 '19 at 15:45

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