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Office of International Services

TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS FOR
STUDENTS, SCHOLARS AND TEMPORARY WORKERS

F-1 Students and Dependents

J-1 Scholars & Students and Dependents

H-1B1 Temporary Workers and Dependents

IF YOUR VISA HAS EXPIRED

Although it is not necessary to have a valid visa in order to remain lawfully in the U.S., nonimmigrants who are planning on traveling and wish to re-enter the U.S. must have an unexpired visa. Always be sure to check the number of entries you are allowed on your visa, even if the visa is not expired. If you are traveling outside the U.S. and the visa in your passport has expired or if you have exceeded the number of entries permitted on your visa, you must visit the U.S. consulate in the country you will be visiting and apply for a new visa.

Travel to Canada, Mexico or adjacent Caribbean Islands

If you are traveling to Mexico, Canada or one of the adjacent islands, you do not need a valid visa in order to re-enter the United States as long as you return within 30 days and are carrying a valid I-20/DS-2019 which has been properly endorsed by a Designated School Official or an unexpired H-1 approval notice . This process is called "automatic visa revalidation". In order to qualify for this benefit you must:

  • Be in valid nonimmigrant status
  • Have an unexpired I-94 card with you (do NOT surrender it when you leave the U.S.)
  • Have an unexpired passport
  • Have a previously issued nonimmigrant visa (even for a different nonimmigrant classification

Special Notes:

  • The adjacent Caribbean islands include: Saint Pierre, Miquelon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, the Windward and Leeward Islands, Trinidad, Martinique, and other British, French and Netherlands territory of possession in or bordering on the Caribbean Sea
  • Individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the following countries do not qualify for "automatic visa revalidation": Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea and Cuba 
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