Traveling on Pre-Completion OPT
Travel recommendations do not change for Pre-Completion OPT. You can refer to our regular travel guidance in F-1 status.
Traveling on Post-Completion OPT
Required documents to re-enter the U.S. while on post-completion OPT
Once you have graduated, an F-1 student who travels outside the United States for a temporary absence can be readmitted to resume employment for the remainder of the period authorized on his or her EAD card, provided that they show these required documents to re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status:
- Valid I-20 - Page two should list your employer's information and be signed by an OISS adviser within the last six months.
- Valid F-1 Visa - If your F-1 visa is expired, you must apply for a new one at a U.S. embassy or consulate prior to your return. (Note: Canadian citizens do not need a visa.)
- Valid Passport - The expiration date should be at least six months into the future at any given time.
- Valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
- Evidence of a job offer or resumption of employment. If you are returning to the U.S without evidence of a job offer, you may show evidence of your job search, interview appointments, etc as intention to use your OPT.
If your employer has filed for an H-1B on your behalf, check with your employer about any travel plans as leaving the U.S. while an H-1B petition is pending may jeopardize your petition.