a reminder, your US visa is valid for entry only to the United
States. If you wish to travel to Canada, Mexico or another country,
please contact the embassy or consulate of the country you wish to
visit to determine documentation requirements.
you travel outside of the U.S. and need to re-enter, you must have a
valid/unexpired US F-1 or J-1 visa to return. There are exceptions to
this rule for travel to Canada, Mexico and the adjacent
"Automatic Visa Revalidation" below.
card is an arrival and departure record that was
Port of Entry (such as the airport) when you entered the U.S. In
order to retrieve your I-94 number, please visit this
Signatures: F and J Status Only
& J-1 STUDENTS
your original, current I-20/DS-2019 to OIS
sure you are registered; including registration for the fall
semester if summer travel is planned
are valid for one year, as long as status is maintained, but it
is best to request a new signature each semester
expired U.S. entry visa is considered to be automatically
extended to the date of re-entry provided that the visa has not been
canceled and that you have not applied for a new visa. To take
advantage of AVR, your travel must be to contiguous territories and
for less than 30 days. Rules governing AVR are found in the United
of Federal Regulation.
countries are: Canada, Mexico and the adjacent islands: Saint
Pierre, Miquelon, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bermuda, the
Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, the Windward and Lee Islands, Trinidad,
Martinique, the other British, French and Netherlands territories or
possessions in or bordering on the Caribbean Sea
not apply to individuals from Cuba, Syria, Sudan or Iran
for travel less than 30 days
for people who travel from a contiguous territory, such as Canada,
to a non-contiguous country, such as Germany, and return to the U.S.
via a contiguous territory
you have changed your status while in the U.S. and hold a visa for
the previous status, you may still take advantage of AVR, as long as
you bring the supporting documents for your new status. For example,
you changed your status from F-1 to H-1B, but still only have an
expired F-1 visa; you may still use AVR.
visa revalidation will no longer be available if you apply for a new
U.S. entry visa in Canada, Mexico or the adjacent islands.
the U.S. - General Information
the most accurate information regarding entry procedures to the U.S.,
please see the U.S.
Customs and Border Patrol website.
There you will find information regarding customs regulations, AVR,
Form I-94, the Visa Waiver Program and other useful updates to help
you with your travels to the U.S.