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Lost passport with U.S. visa: What to do?
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Lost your passport card or passport book with a U.S. visa while traveling? Don't hit the panic button just yet. We've got your back!

Navigating the maze of lost documents can be overwhelming. Still, our expertise makes this complex process a walk in the park. Leveraging real-time updates and steadfast support, we ensure you're back on track for your journey in no time.

Our comprehensive "Lost passport with U.S. visa: What to do?" guide is your roadmap to quick and efficient resolution. Stay calm; you're in good hands.

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What should you do if you lose your passport?

If you find yourself without your passport, whether lost or stolen, immediate action is crucial. Here's a snapshot of the first steps to take:

  1. Report your lost or stolen passport immediately: File a report with the local police about your lost or stolen passport. This will not only be essential for getting a new passport but may also protect you against identity theft, as once you've reported your passport lost or stolen, it becomes invalidated. Some countries even have a stolen passport unit to handle cases like these.

  2. Gather required documents: Prepare identification documents such as a copy of your lost passport, ID, or driver's license. You may also need passport-sized photos, so having them ready is beneficial.

  3. Apply for a new passport: Unfortunately, this must be done in person, as you cannot renew your lost or stolen passport online.

What to do if you lose your passport abroad?

Extra caution is required abroad. Here's what else you'll need to do:

  • Informing your home country's embassy or consulate about your missing passport is a priority. They'll provide the necessary guidance and documentation to get a valid passport or temporary/limited validity passport to return to your home country.

  • Inform your travel companions about the situation.

  • Upon arrival in your home country, contact the US embassy or consulate and check the steps to report your lost US visa.

Reporting the loss of your passport and U.S. visa

Reporting the loss of your essential travel documents is a critical first step. Here's a focused rundown on how to go about it:

  • Step 1: File a police report The immediate step is to report the loss to the local police. This action establishes an official record and is usually required by embassies and consulates.

  • Step 2: Document the details Ensure to note the details of when and where you believe you lost your documents. Both the police and the embassy may request this information.

  • Step 3: Obtain copies of the report Secure copies of any reports or statements made to the authorities. These could be required for insurance claims and records when you're back in your home country.

You take the crucial first step to resolving the issue by promptly reporting the loss.

Can I get my US visa back after losing my passport?

The simple answer is no, you can't "get back" your U.S. visa in the sense of recovering the original. But you can apply for a replacement. Here's a brief look:

  • File for replacement: You must undergo a new application process.

  • Required documentation: The required documentation is similar to your first application, but additional papers may be required.

Submit a new application to replace your lost or stolen visa

Replacing a lost or stolen U.S. visa involves a series of formalities. Here's what to expect:

  • Initiate a new application: You'll start from scratch with a new DS-160 form to fill out.

  • Schedule an interview: Most applicants must schedule and attend a new visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

  • Pay fees: You'll be required to pay the non-refundable visa application fee for the replacement visa again.

  • Present the required documentation: Gather and present the necessary documents, including the police report documenting the loss, at the interview.

Remember, our real-time support can assist you in swiftly navigating the visa replacement process, helping you get back to your travels as soon as possible.

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How does the application process work with iVisa?

Since we've established that you'll need to reapply for your US visa, let us make your life easier. Navigating the labyrinth of visa applications can be daunting, but we've simplified it into just a few steps. Here's your fast-track guide:

  • Step 1: Fill out our simplified online visa application form on our site or mobile app. Provide your travel details and personal information, including your gender, date of birth, and passport number. Then, pay the processing fee.

  • Step 2: Submit all the necessary documents per our emailed instructions. Our iVisa Experts will then meticulously review all your information and supporting documents, minimizing the risk of errors or missing documentation.

If the visa requires an embassy appointment, we'll book it on your behalf and email you the details and a guide to help you prepare for the day.

  • Step 3: Attend the embassy appointment with all the required documents (if needed).

Afterward, you can expect to receive your visa via email or instructions on when to collect it, allowing you to proceed with your travel plans.

Rest assured, our comprehensive guide, accompanied by tips and tricks, will significantly increase your chances of visa approval.

Need more information?

Don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable customer service team via online chat or email [email protected]. They're available 24/7 to assist you with your U.S. passport renewals, visas, and other travel documents.

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