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[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms][B][SIZE=4]Travel Requirements and Suggestions for F1 Student[/SIZE][/B]

Basic requirements for an F-1 to reenter the United States after traveling abroad on pleasure or personal business[/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]
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[LIST][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]A Form I-20, endorsed for travel and signed by your DSO[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]You have been out of the United States for less than five months[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]A current passport valid for at least six months after the date of your reentry or, if you are from one of the countries listed below, a passport that is current through the date of entry[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]A valid, current visa or you traveled to contiguous country or adjacent island for less than thirty days[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Financial information showing proof of necessary funds to cover tuition and living expenses[/FONT][/SIZE][/LIST]

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[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Based on USCIS travel recommendations and experiences from readers, we have put together documents needed to re-enter US while travelling on OPT with Job Offer[/FONT][/SIZE]

[LIST=1][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Your I-20 with OPT recommendation, endorsed for travel and signed by your DSO [/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]EAD Card (Takes at least 90 days from the date you applied. Check processing time before you book Airline tickets)[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Valid unexpired Visa to return to US[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]A current valid Passport[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Employment Letter[/FONT][/SIZE][/LIST]
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[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Other documents that are good to have [/FONT][/SIZE]

[LIST=1][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Resume applied for job[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Copy of Job Description [/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]CIP Code (Major and Minor)[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Name of Employer[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]How is work related to the most recent degree program? Have this documented by your Employer as well.[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]When asked by CBP officer-You should be able to explain work related to program of Study[/FONT][/SIZE][*][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Make sure you have not exceeded Unemployment time while Travelling on OPT[/FONT][/SIZE][/LIST]
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[B][SIZE=4]Useful Reads[/SIZE][/B][/FONT][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]1.Check following documents that displays combinations of current F1 status, Travel Recommended, Travel Risk Level, Documents needed for travel[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]http://www.cgu.edu/PDFFiles/Internat...20on%20OPT.pdf
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[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]2.USCIS answer to[/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms] most frequently asked question [/FONT][/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff]Can I reenter if my request for OPT is pending?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Yes, but traveling during this time should be undertaken with caution. USCIS may send you a request for evidence while you are away, however, so you would want to make sure you have provided a correct U.S. address both to your DSO and on the application and would be able to send in requested documents. Also, if USCIS approves your OPT application, you will be expected to have your EAD in hand to re-enter the United States. Like a request for further information, USCIS can only send the EAD to your U.S. address.[/FONT][/SIZE]

[COLOR=#0000ff][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Can I reenter if I left while on OPT?[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]If USCIS has approved your OPT you will be expected to have your EAD in hand to re-enter the United States, in addition to your Form I-20, valid passport and visa, and a letter of employment if you have one. If you exceed the limits on unemployment while outside the United States, you will not be eligible to re-enter the United States in F-1 status.
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[COLOR=#0000cd][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]Can I reenter during the 60-day period after finishing my program or OPT?[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]No. The 60-day “grace” period is only to prepare to leave the country.[/FONT][/SIZE]

http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f2.htm

[FONT=comic sans ms][SIZE=3]3. Check CBP.gov link for Arrival Procedures for Students or Exchange Visitors
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[SIZE=3]http://1.usa.gov/1c3bFAj[/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=3]
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4. Check DesiOPT forum for similar posts: http://desiopt.com/forum/forum.php[/FONT][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]If you have travelled on OPT, share your experiences in below comment section. This will be helpful for other F1 OPT students.[/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]
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    [SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]If you have travelled on OPT, share your experiences in below comment section. This will be helpful for other F1 OPT students.[/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=3][FONT=comic sans ms]
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