You should always have proof of immigration status whenever you travel by plane, bus, train, or car. We advise that you carry your original immigration documents while traveling domestically, in case you need to produce copies for identification purposes.
If you are traveling around the NYC area, it’s a good idea to carry copies of your immigration documents. While it is extremely unlikely that you would be questioned, having these documents with you provides immediate proof of your lawful status in the US.
Going abroad for a convention? Taking a trip home? Visiting Canada for the weekend? Be sure that you have all the documents necessary to get back to the US! If you have any questions or concerns before you leave the US, please consult an advisor at International Faculty and Research Scholar Services.
Remember, the US government determines your and any family member's eligibility to enter the US. Be prepared and have the needed travel documents with you. Be prepared to present to an immigration inspector the following:
Be sure that your passport is valid at least six months into the future from the day you intend to come back to the US
Check your visa to make sure it will be unexpired on your intended return date. Also note the number of entries allowed on your visa. If you need to travel but your visa has expired, you must apply for a new visa at a US Consulate/Embassy abroad. It is best to apply for a visa in your home country. If you apply in a country other than your home country, expect processing delays.
You must also carry evidence of your financial documentation, such as an NYU appointment letter, an award letter from a funding organization, or personal financial documents.
If you are traveling with your spouse or child(ren), please ensure that both you and your family members have the needed documents to return to the US.
Most scholars do not need a new US visa to return to the US after visiting an adjacent country, due to a process known as Automatic Revalidation. Through this process, you do not need a new visa stamp when you travel to Canada, Mexico, and adjacent islands of the Caribbean (except Cuba) for 30 days or less, even if your current one has expired.
*H/O/E visa holders are only eligible for automatic revalidation after travel to Canada and Mexico, NOT the Caribbean.
Note: Citizens of some countries may need a visa to enter Canada, Mexico or the adjacent Caribbean islands. Please check to see if citizens of your home country are required to have a visa stamp (e.g., a Canadian tourist visa) to enter an adjacent country.