Financial information showing proof of necessary funds to cover all costs of tuition plus expenses.This can be either 1) a letter from your
stating the amount of funding you are receivingor 2) a letter from another
stating the amount they are giving you,
supporting financial documents
, such as bank statements or salary statements. <
: if you are using personalfunds you must also provide relevant supporting documents. >
Canadian citizens are exempt from entry visa and passport requirements when entering the US fromthe Western Hemisphere. If entering from other countries they will need a Canadian passport.
If you are traveling to
, or one of the
islands off the US
other than Cuba for
pleasure or vacation for
fewer than 30 days
, you can return to the US using anexpired US entry visa of any type, as long as you have a valid passport, I-94, and signed I-20 or DS-2019 as specified above. <
This does not apply to residents of Mexico or the islands who arereturning to their home countries. >
IMPORTANT NOTICE – April 2002
As of April 1, 2002, the automatic visa revalidation policy has changed for people who visitCanada or Mexico to apply for a US visa at a US consulate.
The following information does not impact visitors to Canada for pleasure/tourism; automatic visa revalidation may still be used. NOTE: Citizens of Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, and the Sudan are not eligible for automatic revalidation at all.
According to the new policy, a person who (1) goes to Canada orMexico for the purpose of securing a new US visa and (2) is denied will
be able to reenter theUS on an expired visa as was true before. According to a representative of the US Department of State, the I-94 card will be pulled and the passport will be stamped with “Application Received”or “214(b) Refusal.” It is possible, but currently unclear, that a person who is denied on“technical” reasons (not due to security or name check reasons), may be allowed to reenter the US
the person’s US entry visa is still valid. Others will be required to wait in Canada for namecheck clearance (20 days or more.) The US Department of State and the Bureau of Citizenshipand Immigration Services (BCIS, formerly INS) are working to write consistent regulations abouthow this change will work in practice. At this time, details are not clear.To discuss your situation, make an appointment to meet with a Foreign Student Advisor in OIE.
Get What You Need to Return to the US
SIGNATURE ON YOUR I-20/DS-2019:It will take
3 business days
to get a signature from the foreign student advisor. Bring your I-20 orDS-2019 in at least one week before you travel. Do not wait until the last minute or you may have totravel without your I-20/DS-2019 or have to postpone your plane reservations or other travel plans.To get your I-20/DS-2019 signed,
bring it to the front desk of OIE
anytime between 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. weekdays, complete a request form, and return 3 days later to pick up the signed I-20/DS-2019. If your department supports you financially, OIE will need proof. If the department has notsent us a list of supported students, you may need to get a letter from them before the document canbe signed.2. NEW US VISA STAMP IN YOUR PASSPORT
If you are
and your visa in your passport has
or is not a visa for your current immigration status (i.e., it is not F-1 or J-1), plan enough time in thecountry you are visiting to visit the US consulate and complete the visa application process.
Youcannot obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa from within the US. If you are traveling to a country which is notyour country of citizenship or permanent residence, you may have some difficulty in renewing yourvisa—talk to the foreign student advisor before planning to apply for a visa in a “third” country, sothat you know your options. (SEE SECTION BELOW and handout entitled “Applying for a US Visain a Country which Is Not Your Home Country.”)