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
Presently be in valid F-1 or J-1 student / scholar status.
Have an unexpired passport valid at least six months into the future.
F-1 or J-1 visa
Have a previously-issued F-1 or J-1 visa (even for a different non-immigrant classification).
Less than thirty days outside of the US
Be in Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean for less than thirty days.
The adjacent islands are: the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Trinidad & Tobago, the Leeward Islands (Anguilla, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, and the British Virgin Islands), the Windward Islands (Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent), and other British, French, or Dutch territories or possessions in, or bordering on, the Caribbean Sea.
*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 email@example.com 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.