Learn what international students, scholars and employees need for travel to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe or Latin America and re-entry to the United States (excluding travel to and re-entry from Canada and Mexico).
Except for citizens of countries on the “Six-Month Club” list, nonimmigrants are required to have a passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay when they enter the U.S. However, F and J nonimmigrants' passports must only be valid for six months when they enter the U.S.--and those whose country of citizenship is on the Six-Month Club list must only have a valid passport. Therefore, if your country of citizenship is NOT on the Six-Month Club list, DO NOT attempt to enter the U.S. unless you have at least six months of validity on your passport.
If your visa has expired, please see the Applying for a U.S. Visa page.
If you are a student, we recommend that you also carry the following documents:
If you are on Optional Practical Training, we recommend that you carry the following documents in addition to the above required documents:
In addition to the above required documents, we recommend that you carry a letter from your employer verifying your academic training employment.
YES. You need to get a new visa stamp from a U.S. Consulate. Your visa stamp must be valid and must match your current status in order for you to re-enter the U.S.
If you traveled ONLY to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, you may not need a new U.S. visa stamp. Please read the information about traveling to Canada/Mexico and re-entry to the U.S. to confirm this point.
Your dependent spouse or minor children should carry the following documents in order to re-enter the U.S.: