Find out what international students need for travel to Canada/Mexico and re-entry to the United States.
To re-enter the U.S., you will be required to show:
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. 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.
1. Log in to myISSS. Click on the blue “LOGIN” button and enter your UBIT Name and Password. Do NOT click on “Administrative Services for University Departments”.
2. F-1 students click on “F-1 Student Services” and J-1 students click on “J-1 Student Services”.
3. Select the “Travel Endorsement Request” E-form.
4. You must complete and submit the e-form before you can visit ISS with your original I-20/DS-2019 to receive a signature.
5. After you have received a confirmation email, bring your I-20 to one of our advisors in 1 Capen or 210 Talbert Hall to get your signature.
Please note: ISS advisors will be available to sign I-20s during our advising hours. We recommend that you submit the E-form at least 10 business days before you leave the U.S.
If your visa has expired, please see the Applying for a U.S. Visa page.
* Note: You may or may not need a U.S. visa to re-enter the U.S. from Canada. This will depend on many factors, such as the length of your stay in Canada. Please read the questions below for more details.
Under the “automatic revalidation of visa” benefit, individuals on nonimmigrant visas (F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, H-1B, H-4, etc.) may re-enter the U.S. with an expired visa after a stay of less than 30 days in Canada or Mexico. To re-enter, F-1 students will need a valid I-20, up-to-date signature on page 2 of their I-20 and unexpired passport. J-1 students and scholars will need a valid DS-2019, up-to-date travel signature on their DS-2019 and unexpired passport.
Individuals in F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status may also enter the U.S. after a stay of less than 30 days on islands in the Caribbean. A list of the specific Caribbean Islands where automatic revalidation is possible can be found here.
There are two important exceptions to the “automatic revalidation of visa” benefit:
NO. If your application for a change of status was approved and your current documents are in accordance with the new status, you may re-enter the U.S. without a visa stamp matching your new status as long as your trip to Canada was less than 30 days and you are not a citizen of Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
YES. If your trip to Canada was more than 30 days, you will need a VALID U.S. visa stamp in addition to your other immigration documents to re-enter the U.S.
YES. If you traveled to another country outside Canada, Mexico or Caribbean Islands eligible for automatic revalidation (regardless of the length of time) and you wish to re-enter the U.S., you must have a valid U.S. visa stamp to re-enter the U.S.
If your U.S. visa stamp has expired or will expire prior to the date of your re-entry to the U.S., and you do not meet the eligibility requirements for automatic revalidation, you must apply for a new visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. This may only be done OUTSIDE U.S. borders.
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.: