October 31st, 2009
Many countries issue visas that are good for a number of years. That means that it's entirely possible to end up with a visa that expires after your passport. What happens if your passport is expired but your visa is still valid?
The answer depends on the type of visa in question and the country that issued it. However, in most cases, you can use a valid visa even if your passport is expired. You do need to renew your passport, though.
When you renew your passport, you can usually do one of two things. The first option is to carry the old passport with your visa in it along with your new passport. However, when you travel, you'll have to be very careful to keep track of both passports. If you lose your new passport, you'll be stuck trying to get a new one in a foreign country.
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