We want to ensure that in leaving and re-entering the US you have all the documents for re-entry. Please contact the ISSO with any questions prior to leaving the country. We include below the documents that are usually required for those in F or J status to re-enter the US as well as further information for those in specific situations.
F1 and J1 students and visiting scholars and their dependents who leave the US must have the following documents in order to re-enter the US in F or J status:
It is very important that if you are planning on traveling out of the US AND need a new visa stamp in your passport that you speak to someone at the ISSO prior to traveling.
The following are the documents you will need to ensure entry to the U.S. while on post-completion OPT:
— valid passport
— current unexpired F1 visa stamp (except for Canadians)
— I-20 signed within the last 6 months
— EAD (OPT card) OR the receipt notice for your OPT application
— job offer letter or letter confirming current employment
A certificate of enrollment is available to download if you are a registered student at Cornell University. This form will provide documentation that you are currently and have been a registered student at Cornell University. While this is not a required form for re-entry it will ease in your re-entry to the US if you are questioned at the border. You can get the certificate of enrollment at the registrar's office (B-7 Day Hall) or you may download this form at http://certification.cornell.edu/ . There is no fee for this document.
If you will be traveling within the US, driving on major highways, riding on buses, trains, or planes, we also recommend that you carry with you your passport, I-94 card and I-20 or DS-2019. While it is not technically required to have a valid travel signature when traveling within the US, we do recommend it.
F2 or J2 spouses and minor children who are not accompanied by the F1 or J1 student and visiting scholars must have:
— Valid passport
— Valid US visa stamp (except for Canadian Citizens)
— Valid separate Form I-20 or DS-2019
— Evidence of financial funding