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What does the “Expired” status mean in the CEAC visa status check?

The "Expired” status in the Consular Electronic Applications Center (CEAC) visa status check refers to the cancellation of your registration for an immigrant visa. This means that any petition that was approved on your behalf has also been canceled. This status is typically displayed when an applicant fails to pursue their immigrant visa application due to circumstances beyond their control. It's important to note that when a visa application expires, the registration record, any approved petition, and all supporting documents are destroyed. Additionally, any U.S. Department of Labor certifications are returned to the prospective employer. However, the Expired status doesn't mean the end of your immigration journey. Your application can be reinstated if, within one year, you demonstrate that your failure to pursue an immigrant visa application resulted from circumstances beyond your control. If you still wish to pursue an immigrant visa, your petitioner should contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to file a new immigrant visa petition.
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