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Traveling outside the U.S. requires special attention
In order to re-enter the U.S. after a temporary absence such as a vacation, you must have the following documents:
Travel and Re-entry to the USA with an Expired F-1 Visa
Immigration regulations state that students cannot re-enter the USA to continue their education if their F-1 visa is expired. This rule applies even if the student has an official acceptance document that has not expired and is signed for re-entry by an International Student Office. In such cases if students depart from the USA they must obtain a new visa outside the USA.
Nationals and citizens from the following countries are required to comply with the Special Registration, as of December, 2003: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.Traveling to Canada or Mexico
It is very important for a student to consider this additional processing time if they plan to travel outside the USA with an expired visa. For example, if you have an expired visa and plan to go home for a visit during a one week break between classes it is likely that you will not get back to the USA in time to begin classes because it will take a minimum of 3 weeks to obtain your new visa.
- Beginning January 1, 2007 the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires that all travelers, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike present a valid passport or other document, or a combination of documents, that denote identity and citizenship when entering the United States. Due to the new WHTI, CR recommends that you do not travel to Canada or Mexico with an expired visa.
Whether you are traveling within the state of California or elsewhere in the U.S., be sure to carry proof of your identity and immigration status at all times. This includes:
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