Visa stamped on old passport poser


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  • Sunday, 12 Jan 2003

I plan to visit the United States next month for business reasons.  

I last visited the US in 1996 and the expiry date of the visa chopped on my old passport was 2006. Since then, I have renewed my passport twice and the US visa is now in my old passport book. 

I was told that I did not need to apply for a new visa for this coming trip as the visa given to me back in 1996 was still valid, and that all I needed to do was to bring along the two old passport books together with the latest passport book. 

This was also the advice given by the US Embassy in Malaysia. 

However, after the Sept 11 incident, we occasionally hear about the immigration officers at the US airport following different guidelines from the advice given by the US consular officers in Malaysia. I fear they may reject the visa stamped on the old passport book. 

I do not wish to travel 24 hours to the US to find the visa on my old passport is not recognised on arrival at the airport. 

Can the US embassy clarify this? 

CAUTIOUS Kuala Lumpur  


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