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Before You Travel

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Step 1: Make sure your passport is valid

You will always need a valid passport in order to travel outside of your home country. We recommend that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after the planned end date of your trip. You should also have at least 2 blank pages available in your passport. If you don’t, ask your country’s passport agency to add additional pages to your passport so you will have room for whatever visa you may need.

U.S. Citizens: Information on passport application/renewal can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. You can also use CIBT - Expedited Visa and Passport Application/Processing Service. CIBT is a fee-based service provider, with discounted rates for NYU affiliates.

International Students: Contact the agency responsible for issuing passports for your home country.


Step 2: Find out if you need a visa

To find out if you need a visa for your up-coming trip, sign in to GlobalChek Plus from your NYU Home.


If your destination country is not listed, please enter your details on our immigration assistance request form we will contact you to assist you further.

Helpful Links:

GlobalChek Plus video tutorial

GlobalChek Plus FAQ


Step 3: If you require a visa, gather the needed documents 

Visa requirements for all countries can be found on GlobalChek Plus (via NYU Home, see above).  You are responsible for collecting all required documents yourself, except: 

- Your health insurance documentation will be provided by NYU OGS. Students on semester-based programs outside the US are auto-enrolled in health insurance.

- If you are working directly with us, we will provide you with any additional information and/or documents needed to apply for your visa.

Important note: Some of the documents can take several weeks or months to obtain so it’s important to start immediately to have your documents ready at the time of your visa application.


Step 4: Apply for and obtain your visa

You can either apply for a visa yourself or use the services of a visa expediter such as CIBT. Some countries will require you to apply for your visa at an in-person appointment, so set up an appointment early. In some instances, the date of your appointment may need to be within 90 days of your arrival.

International students:  You must comply with all immigration requirements if you want to be able to return to the U.S. Review our information on study or research abroad for details. Also be sure you have all the documents you need to travel to and reenter the U.S.

International faculty and research scholars: Contact NYU OGS Scholar Services before you travel.

NOTE: While NYU will make every reasonable effort to assist and provide services related to outbound immigration, it is ultimately the sole responsibility of the traveler to pursue and obtain their passport and the appropriate visa for their trip purpose and destination(s).

Contact Us

Outbound Immigration & Mobility Services

Walk-In Advising Hours for Outbound Students

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
1:00pm - 4:00pm  

Travel Advisories and Warnings

Please visit Travel.State.Gov to learn of any travel advisories or warnings for your destination country.

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