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You can travel inside or outside of the U.S. while you are studying or working. However, you need to ensure that you follow certain regulations to travel safely, and plan ahead to avoid any delays.
When you travel within the U.S. to any of the 50 states (including Alaska and Hawaii) or to the U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa), be prepared to take the following documents with you:
As you prepare to arrive at the U.S. Port of Entry, please be prepared to answer the following questions and present the following documents to the Port of Entry Officer.
Note: You will not be required to provide any of your passwords.
If you plan to travel to a country other than your own, you should contact the consulate of that country to find out if you need a visa to enter that country.
The automatic visa revalidation process re-validates that you are eligible to enter to the U.S. for a single trip. It is not considered a new admission to the U.S. nor a renewal of a visa.If you plan to travel to Mexico, Canada and neighboring islands/U.S. territories with an expired F or J visa, you may be allowed to enter the U.S. using the automatic visa revalidation process under the following conditions if you(r):
If you are completing Post-OPT or STEM-OPT Extension, your travel signature is only valid for six months from the date of the last signature or until the end date on your EAD card, whichever comes first.
*The ISSC does not recommend traveling while an OPT application is pending with USCIS.*
When planning to travel outside of the U.S., on Post-OPT or STEM-OPT, be prepared to take the following documents with you: