Travel Restrictions and Requirements

For the most part, you can easily travel domestically within the United States, as long as you bring your passport and appropriate documentation.
Traveling outside of the United States may carry some restrictions and  requires additional documentation and approvals. Rules vary by visa status.

Automatic Visa Revalidation


  • you are an F-1/J-1 student or J-1 Exchange Visitor
  • your F/J visa stamp has expired
  • you are not a citizen of Iran, Syria, Sudan or Cuba
  • you plan to visit Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean (list of eligible islands) for less than 30 days                   

THEN: you are eligible for Automatic Visa Revalidation.   This means you can re-enter the US, even if your visa stamp has expired.  You will be allowed to re-enter the US one time (this DOES NOT renew or extend your visa stamp). 

If you plan to use Automatic Visa Revalidation, please print the following documents, and carry them with your passport and I-20/DS-2019: CBP Automatic Visa Revalidation Information Sheet

Automatic Visa Revalidation is not very common, so the Customs & Border Patrol official or foreign border officer may not know what it is.  It is your responsibility to print the documents above, in case you need to explain the process to the officer.  Questions?  Please contact your IO advisor.

Safe travels!