F-1 and J-1 students and visiting scholars who leave the United States: you must have the following documents with them to be eligible to re-enter the U.S. in F or J status:
- Valid passport
- Valid (unexpired) U.S. visa stamp in your passport (except for Canadian Citizens)
If you need a new visa stamp click here.
- Valid I-20 form for F-1 status, signed for travel on page 3 by an ISS advisor within the last year (six months for Canadian students and students on Optional Practical Training-see Note)
- Valid DS-2019 form for J-1 status with current travel signature on the lower right hand side
- Evidence of financial funding (bring a copy of whatever funding is mentioned on your I-20)
- Verification of Enrollment available from the Registrar’s Office.
Note: If you are on F-1 post-completion practical training (OPT), please click here for more information.
If you have questions about applying for a new visa stamp in your passport, please come to our office to speak to an advisor. Those applying for new visas may wish to contact the U.S. Consulate in their country to determine if any additional documents may be required for visa applications and to confirm the hours of operation and length of time needed to secure the visa. It is important to note that the U.S. consulate may require a security clearance which could result in delays in obtaining your visa. We recommend that you apply for your visa as soon as possible after arriving in your home country so that you may reduce the chances that your return to the U.S. will be delayed.
For more information on consulate in each country go to http://usembassy.state.gov/.