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International Students & Scholars

Travel Abroad

If you have an F-1, J-1, or H-1B visa and are planning to travel outside the US, keep the following in mind before you leave.

Do you need a visa to get into the country you are traveling to?

If you are traveling directly from the US to your home country, you do not need a visa to get into your home country. But if you are traveling from the US to another country, you might need a visa to get into that country.

Every country’s visa system is unique. GEO can answer your US visa questions. GEO cannot answer questions about other country’s visas. To find out whether you need a visa to get into another country, please contact that country’s embassy in Washington, DC.

To return to the US on an F-1, J-1, or H-1B visa, be prepared to present the following upon your arrival here:

 

F-1 Visa

Passport valid for 6 months after date of intended admission to the US, valid F-1 visa stamp, valid I-20 with a travel signature obtained within the last 12 months

 

J-1 Student Visa

Passport valid for 6 months after date of intended admission to the US, valid J-1 visa stamp, valid DS-2019 with a travel signature obtained within the last 12 months

 

J-1 Scholar Visa

Passport valid for 6 months after date of intended admission to the US, valid J-1 visa stamp, valid DS-2019 with a travel signature obtained within the last 12 months, and brief letter from your VCU department confirming that you are expected to return to your J-1 activity here. If your J-1 visit is funded by VCU, present your 3 most recent VCU pay statements.

 

H-1B Visa

Passport valid for 6 months after date of intended admission to the US, valid H-1B visa stamp, valid Form I-797A H-1B approval notice, brief letter from your VCU department confirming that you are expected to return to your job here; and 3 most recent VCU pay statements.

 

NOTE: Citizens of Canada (only) do not need F-1, J-1, or H-1B visa stamps in their passports. Canadian citizens do need the rest of the documents indicated.


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