Re-entry After a Temporary Absence
You need three items to re-enter the US after a
- Passport that is valid for at least 6 months into the future
- Valid visa stamp (exception Canadian scholars and for travel to Canada/Mexico/Caribbean
Islands under Automatic Visa Revalidation clause)
- Form DS-2019 that has been validated for travel with a signature from a
representative with the Office of International Services
Please check your documents at the time of entry in
order to make sure you have been given the proper stamps. CBP inspectors sometimes
make mistakes when processing people into the US.
Please also be sure to never pack your documents in
your checked luggage; please always carry them on your person.
All visitors entering the US must state their
reason for entering the country. You will also be asked to provide information
about your final destination. It is important to tell the CBP officer that you
will be a scholar. Be prepared to include the name and address of the school
you will be attending.
It may seem daunting to speak to a Customs and
Border Patrol agent, but don’t be nervous. It is best to simply answer any
questions honestly but briefly.
for Other Countries
Many scholars decide to travel to nearby countries
while they are studying in the US. Depending on your country of citizenship,
you may be required to obtain an entry visa to enter some of the surrounding
Be sure to check with that country’s
embassy/consulate prior to departure.