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What do I do with my Visa?

Travel Forums General Talk What do I do with my Visa?

1. Posted by Guardian (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Last year i went to America and when I left the country i didnt give my holiday visa back and I plan on going abck this summer..

Will I have to send it off somewhere to let them know Im back in the uk or will I be fine just going over again??


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

They were supposed to take it back on your way out.

My b/f was threatened with arrest (although it was more of a scare tactic than a threat) when he tried to go through the US again with his old visa still in his passport (he's from Northern Ireland). He'd gone home through Canada, though, so never went back through US customs and so never thought it would be a problem. The guard told him he should have called or mailed back the visa. So your best bet would probably be to do just that.

3. Posted by Guardian (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

For some reason they never took it back from me.

Any idea where I have to send it??

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Nope. I'm sure you can look it up online, though. Seems lots of people have the same problem.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I think this is where we need to get hold of Utrecht and have him reply. He had a similar problem and has done the paperwork to confirm he left the US in a timely manner and now wants to return. (Or something like that - but he has gone through the process.) Oh Utrecht..... Someone needs your help...

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

Hear hear...;)

I did have to go through the whole process indeed and I used this site for it.

You can find the adress where you have to send your card, a letter and prove of the fact that you lived outside the US since then. I made copies of payments with my visa card, my monthly pay check and a few other things.

This thread reminds me, I have to write them back with the question if things are ok now, it takes 3-4 months processing time!

Cheers...hope this did not spoiled your day

Michael (aka Utrecht).

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y


This happened to me - the green card was left in my passport. Now lm in the UK so on contacting the US consulate here l was advised to post off the green card along with proof that l had been back home during the period of time that had passed - employer supporting letter; copy of bills; bank statements etc.

I had to post all this evidence off to this address
PO BOX 7125
KENTUCKY 40742-7125

Now l did not receive any sort of reply or response to say if they had received or processed my response. I sent the info off in Sept and then travelled to the States in Dec - l was pulled into secondary questioning by immigration. Luckily l had the foresight to bring copies of all the documents l had sent off the previous Sept and l was processed no problem (lve been back through the States since with no hassles!) so l would suggest you keep copies of everything you send off and carry them with you also.

Good luck!!

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 15, 2008, at 2:50 AM by Purdy ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

The adress keeps on being some of a guess.

See my previous post where I asked the question. I seem to recall that I did send it to the Pensylvania adres. I have to search for that at home if I still have it.