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Post-Completion Travel


Travel during the grace period

If you do not plan to use your post-completion Optional Practical Training or your Academic Training, traveling outside of the U.S. after graduation is not possible. If you are an F-1 student, you are given a 60-day grace period after completing your degree, and if you are J-1 student you are given a 30-day grace period. This period of time is meant for you to make plans to leave the U.S. You can travel within the U.S., but if you leave and reenter, you may not return as an F-1 or J-1 student. Speak to an OGS advisor if you have further questions.


Travel while on OPT or Academic Training

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Documents to Carry while on OPT

What to bring when you travel internationally while on OPT or Academic Training.
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How to get a new visa while on OPT

When your visa has expired and you're on OPT or Academic Training.


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How to get a travel signature

Getting a travel signature is the same as before but with a shorter timeframe for a valid signature.


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Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean

Special exceptions for F-1 or J-1 students and scholars.
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Traveling with an I-515A

Read this section if you have an I-515A and need to leave again within 30 days.

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