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OPT travel regulations

If you have not graduated

You may travel outside and re-enter the U.S. because you are still a student. To re-enter the U.S., you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • I-20 signed for travel in the last six months
  • Letter from your department stating that you have not yet graduated

If you have graduated and your OPT is pending

You may travel outside and re-enter the U.S. in order to resume searching for a job. To re-enter the U.S., you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • I-20 signed for travel in the last six months
  • I-797 (OPT) receipt notice

If you have graduated and your OPT is approved

You may travel outside the U.S. only if you have a job offer or are returning to a job. To re-enter the U.S., you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • I-20 signed for travel in the last six months
  • EAD card
  • Letter from your employer stating that you need to return to the U.S. to resume working