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Unfortunately, the Department of State does not provide "replacement" visas for lost or stolen US visas. You will have to reapply for the nonimmigrant visa.
If your passport, which has a valid U.S. visa, is lost or stolen, you obviously have two concerns: the loss of your principal travel document and the loss of documentation that the United States has granted you entry privileges. Below, we'll go over the numerous measures to take to address this scenario, as well as other types of followup, such as:
notifying the proper authorities of the loss, especially if a crime has occurred and your passport has been taken
taking extra care to ensure that the next visa is not lost, and
Expect further scrutiny when traveling in the future (to ensure that you are, in fact, you and not a passport thief posing as you).
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The first thing you should do is notify the government agency in your home country in charge of issuing passports about the loss or theft. You should also submit a police report if your passport was taken. Many nations share lost and stolen passport data through Interpol, and most passports now include a machine-readable chip that is examined by immigration officials all over the world. As a result, if someone tries to use your passport in any nation, the authorities will recognize the impostor.
The US Department of State also suggests that you email the US embassy or consulate that issued your visa to report its loss or theft (along with a photo of the visa if you have one).
Unfortunately, the United States Department of State does not provide "replacement" visas for lost or stolen US visas. You will have to reapply for the visa. This guideline applies to all types of visas, including B-2 tourist visas, F-1, M-1, and J-1 student or exchange visitor visas, and nonimmigrant work visas.
In addition, you must appear in person for an interview at a US consulate, just as you did for your first visa. The reason for this is that you will be ineligible for an interview waiver unless you have a physical visa and passport.
While this is technically a new application, the interviews will be more like a visa renewal interview, except that the visa officer will want to see evidence that you reported the loss or theft of the passport and may ask you questions about the circumstances of the loss or theft.
If you lost your visitor visa, you should expect the officer to analyze your U.S. travel history and ask questions about previous travels during the interview. Bring any pertinent information you may have. Bring evidence of employment and bank statements in case the officer requests them. Unlike first-time applicants, many persons whose visiting visas are lost or stolen will apply for a replacement visa even if they have no specific plans to visit the United States. It's fine if you have no plans to visit the United States and only wish to obtain a fresh visa to prevent delays the next time you travel. Still, the officer will want to ensure that there have been no dramatic changes in your living circumstances that could jeopardize your visa status.
If you have lost your student or work visa, you must show the same documentation as you did at your first interview. If you misplaced your passport and visa while visiting your home country, you may be qualified for an expedited appointment. Each consulate has its own system for these types of appointments, which you may find on their website.
When you have your new visa, take extra care to avoid losing it again. If you have had more than one U.S. visa misplaced or stolen, your next interview will almost certainly be more scrutinized. If there are suspicions that you were complicit in the "loss" or theft, the US visa officer may limit the period of your new visa or refuse your visa.
This is due to situations in which persons sold, rented, or allowed family members or friends to borrow their passports with U.S. visas. This may result in permanent visa ineligibility, as well as criminal punishment.
When your visa and passport are reported lost or stolen, the information may be shared with immigration officials all around the world and entered into databases that airlines and other organizations can access. As a result, when flying on your new visa, you may be subjected to additional screening by airline personnel and immigration authorities in order to authenticate your identity—that is, to ensure you aren't the thief posing as you.
Carry a copy of any reports you filed regarding your lost or stolen passport, including police records, with you when you travel. In the United States, immigration authorities can verify your identity using your fingerprint, but you may still be questioned about the events that led to the loss or theft of your previous visa.
If you find a passport with a US visa in it that has already been reported lost or stolen, you should not use it to travel to the US.
Furthermore, certain nations share lost and stolen passport data with the United States, and this information may be cross-referenced with U.S. visa issuances, resulting in the automatic cancellation of your visa, even if you did not report the visa as lost or stolen to the Department of State. This implies that even if your country's officials are able to reinstate a previously reported missing passport, your U.S. visa inside the passport may no longer be valid or may be flagged for extra screening since it was associated with a lost or stolen passport.
Although the US embassy in your home country may be able to verify the validity of your visa, this does not guarantee that you will not be subjected to additional screening at the US port of entry.
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