H-1B Travel and Re-Entry Information
While you hold H-1B status, you are free to travel internationally. Before you travel, please review:
To re-enter the US after a stay abroad, you should always bring the following documents:
Employment Confirmation Template
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is written to confirm that [Full Name] will be employed with the University of Michigan, [Department Name], pursuant to the terms and conditions of our approved H-1B petition. [Full Name] will be employed in the position of [Job Title] at an annual salary of [Wage Rate].
[Name of Department Administrator/Department Contact]
Upon your return to the U.S.:
Applying for Your H-1B Visa:
Canadian citizens are exempt from the visa requirement. Canadian citizens should present themselves at a Port of Entry for admission to the US in H-1B status with the documents listed on Page 1 of this memorandum. Canadian citizens applying for admission in H-4 status, i.e. as the dependent of an H-1B status holder, must be prepared to present their passport plus proof of their relationship to the H-1B status holder (marriage certificate for spouse and birth certificate for child).
VISA REQUIREMENTS: If you are coming to the University of Michigan from abroad, you will need to apply for an H-1B visa to enter the US. To do so, you will need to make an appointment with the nearest US embassy or consulate. Please refer to the website of the US embassy where you intend to apply for more information on the required documents. The exact visa application procedures and timelines vary from country to country and even from consulate to consulate. Therefore, please review the visa application instructions that are given on the US embassy or consulate website. For a list of all consulates and embassies, please refer to www.usembassy.state.gov/
Please note that you may be selected for “administrative processing,” more commonly called a “background check,” by the consular official when you apply for your visa. Background checks can be imposed for a variety of reasons, including your personal background or the scientific or technical field in which they work. The government issues a new Technology Alert List (TAL) every year, which lists professions identified by the U.S. State Department as being a higher risk to national security. Working in a field included in this list does not necessarily mean that your visa application will be delayed, but you should be prepared for the possibility. The TAL is a classified document and not available to the public. Some fields on the TAL include nuclear technology, chemical, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering, advanced computer/ microelectronic technology, materials technology, and information technology, robotics, and urban planning.
Unfortunately, FSIS cannot exert any control on the background check process. Because a background check is always an option, it is recommended you apply for your H-1B visa as soon as possible.
Below is a list of documents generallyrequired when applying for your H-1B visa:
To find out the typical wait times for scheduling an appointment and processing a visa at your consulate, go to: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/wait-times.html/. Choose the city you will be visiting then click “Go”.
Travel to Canada or Mexico (Automatic Revalidation)
If you are only traveling to Canada or Mexico for a period of less than 30 days, you may be eligible to re-enter the US on the basis of an expired visa in your passport under a process called “automatic visa revalidation.”
In order to take advantage of Automatic Revalidation:
*When exiting the U.S. for Automatic Revalidation do not surrender your I-94—you will need it for reentry.
NOTE: If you are required to have a Visitor Visa to enter Canada, please be sure to apply early, as visas can take 60-90 days to issue. For Canadian Visitor visa requirements and processing times: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.
Automatic revalidation is not available to nationals from countries identified as state sponsors of terrorism: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm.
We recommend that individuals planning to re-enter the US under the automatic visa revalidation process carry with them the CBP automatic visa revalidation memo, which you can find at http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/auto_reva_3.pdf. In addition, please print the relevant regulation, which can be accessed through our website.
If you will be traveling by air, you should confirm that your airline is familiar with the visa revalidation process and will issue you a boarding pass when returning to the US even though you have an expired US visa in your passport.
Travel while an H-1B petition is pending
Whether or not you may travel internationally while your H-1B petition is pending depends on a variety of factors:
Last reviewed: 04/16