I have an H-1B visa stamped till Sep-2017 and have stamped Schengen Visa and I am supposed to travel to Germany for 2 weeks and just noticed my passport will expire in Jun 2017 which is 5 months 15 days when I return from Germany to US. Can I travel to Germany with the current passport. Renew the passport when I am back to US.


Given the information that you are on an Indian passport, India is on the list of countries who have agreements with the US to accept their passports for return of their nationals up to 6 months after expiry, so you can enter the US up to your passport's expiration. However, note that you will only be admitted until the passport's expiration, which will be only a few months. After you renew your passport, you will need to either have your employer file I-129 to extend your status, or you need to leave and re-enter the US to be admitted until your H1b petition's expiration.

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Can i Travel to Germany with the current passport.

Yes, the Schengen passport validity requirements are:

Passport/Visa requirements

If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting,
  • which was issued within the previous 10 years,
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  • Might it not be a problem for the OP to return to USA as a nonimmigrant (H-1B is considered a nonimmigrant status) with a passport that is valid for less than 6 months? – hmakholm left over Monica Jan 23 '17 at 20:34
  • I don't see any issues in going to Germany,but i doubt whether there will be an issue in USA while return at board of entry.But still i have Valid Visa till Sep-2017 – Gayathri Jan 23 '17 at 23:11
  • I have to renew my passport only after returning from Germany , now I don't have time to renew herr and no option to renew in Germany – Gayathri Jan 23 '17 at 23:56

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