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SCHOLARS TRAVEL
If you are planning to travel overseas, make sure you have these things in order to re-enter the United States. Please consult the International Student Advisors in the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for further information. J-1 scholars must be mindful of visa concerns when planning any international travel.

  • A valid passport.
  • DS-2019 recently endorsed with a signature from the ISSO on the “Travel Validation” in the right bottom.
  • It is your responsibility to determine if the country you plan to visit requires a valid visa for you to enter
  • Valid visa stamp in passport. Check the expiration date. If expired, you must renew at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy

WARNINGS

  • ANY time you leave the U.S., there is no guarantee you will be allowed to return.
  • If you have applied for an extension of stay or change of status, these procedures must be completed before travelling outside the U.S.

TRAVEL OUTSIDE USA - WITH AN EXPIRED VISA
If your F1 visa is expired, you may not need to obtain a new visa if you plan a short trip (less than 30 days) to another country in North America. This is called Automatic Revalidation of an expired visa. The following conditions apply:

  • Your trip must be limited to Canada, Mexico or an adjacent island*.
  • Your trip must be less than 30 days in length.
  • To re-enter the USA you must have:
    - a passport that is valid 6 months into the future
    - an updated I-20 or validated DS-2019 within the past 6 months
    - expired F-1 or J-1 visa OR proof of a visa change of status to F-1 or J-1

WARNINGS

  • If you apply for a new U.S. visa during your stay outside the country, you are NOT eligible for Automatic Revalidation. 
  • ANY time you leave the U.S., there is no guarantee you will be allowed to return.
  • If you have applied for an extension of stay or change of status, these procedures must be completed before traveling outside the U.S.
  • If you are a citizen of  Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea or Cuba, you are not eligible for Automatic Revalidation of an expired visa.

*TRAVEL INSIDE THE U.S.
Whenever you are within the U.S., you are required to have your passport (with visa stamp), and DS-2019 with you.

For more information, go to travel.state.gov. Wishing you safe and happy travels!


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