Travel to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean

If you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean, you do NOT need to obtain a new visa to reenter the US as long as you meet the following conditions.* Please note, you MUST check with Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean nation you are traveling to as to whether you need a visa for your visit there. And remember, the US government determines your eligibility to enter the US. Be prepared and have the needed travel documents with you. 

 

F-1 or J-1 status

F-1 or J-1 status

Presently be in valid F-1 or J-1 student / scholar status.

 
 

I-20 or DS-2019

I-20 or DS-2019

Have a valid I-20 or DS-2019 in your possession, which has been signed for travel.

 

 

I-94 record

I-94 record

Have a print-out of an unexpired I-94 record with you (do NOT surrender it when you leave the US).

 

 

Passport

Passport

Have an unexpired passport valid at least six months into the future.

 
 

Visa

F-1 or J-1 visa

Have a previously-issued F-1 or J-1 visa (even for a different non-immigrant classification).

 

 

Outside of U.S. less than 30 days

Less than thirty days outside of the US

Be in Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean for less than thirty days. 

SEVIS Fee Receipt

SEVIS Fee Receipt

Proof that you have paid the SEVIS fee. Get your SEVIS fee receipt.


*NOTE: This special exemption does NOT apply to students who are citizens of the countries named above and traveling to their home countries. In those cases, students must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa to reenter the US, except for citizens of Canada and Bermuda. Please note that it is more difficult to apply for a US visa while in one of these countries unless you are a citizen of that country.  

Special Information for Travel to Cuba

For any NYU student, research scholar or professor, travel to and from Cuba requires extra attention to immigration concerns. This is especially true if you are in F-1 or J-1 status. If you or your dependents plan to visit Cuba, please find out about these special circumstances when making any travel plans. Also note that even travel via a third country to and from Cuba can have immigration implications (e.g., from the US to Canada to Cuba to Canada to the US in F or J status). Any entry to Cuba can impact your later re-entry to the US.

For more information, please email Daniel Magida in the NYU Office of General Counsel beforehand at daniel.magida@nyu.edu for the latest advice on travel to Cuba.

You can also speak to an OGS advisor before your travel by coming to our advising hours or contacting us.