Before You Travel
While you hold H-1B status, you are free to travel internationally. Before you travel, please review the University of Michigan Travel Information & Registration website, which includes current travel conditions and helpful links, as well as a registration for faculty, staff and students traveling for University-related activities. The Department of State also issues travel alerts and warnings.
Entering the U.S. for the First Time
Individuals coming to the U.S. in H-1B status may enter the country as early as ten days prior to the approved start date as indicated on their H-1B Approval Notice. Individuals attempting to enter the U.S. before this 10-day period run the risk of being refused admission at the border.
No such guidelines exist for people coming to the U.S. in either TN or E-3 status, though the 10-day period in place for H-1B beneficiaries provides a good, rough guideline. Particularly individuals coming to the U.S. in TN status may be turned around at the border if they attempt to enter the country “too early” as defined by the individual CBP officer at the border.
Re-entering the U.S.
To re-enter the US after a stay abroad, you should always bring the following documents:
- Valid passport
- Valid visa stamp, if applicable, in the appropriate category (H-1B, E-3, TN, etc.)
- H-1B Approval Notice, if applicable
- Copy of your immigration status application:
- H-1B petition
- TN letter
- E-3 LCA and/or petition
- Three last paystubs
- Employment Confirmation Letter from your department
Upon your return to the U.S.
Please send a copy of your new I-94 record to the International Center for verification!