Traveling Outside the U.S.
- Valid I-20 with ISSO signature on page 3
- ISSO signature should be within 12 months of return date
- Valid F-1 visa
- Valid passport
- If graduated and on F-1 OPT, your EAD card and a letter from your employer regarding your OPT position
Traveling in the U.S.
You are advised to carry your passport and immigration documents (I-20 or I-94) with you when traveling in the U.S..
Travel to Canada, Mexico, & Adjacent Islands
For citizens of some countries, you may need a visa to enter Canada, Mexico or the adjacent caribbean islands.If a visa is required you will need to prepare all of the materials and make your visa application directly with that country's consulate directly.
A majority of students in the U.S. do not need a new U.S. visa to return to the U.S. after visiting an adjacent country. Citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan are not eliginle for this process known as Automatic Revalidation. The provision allows certain U.S. visa holders to re-enter the U.S. after a visit of less than 30 days to "contiguous territory" (Canada, Mexico, and, in the case of F and J non-immigrants, the "adjacent islands other than Cuba") without having to obtain a new visa prior to re-entry.