Re-entry after travel outside the U.S. requires that your H-1B petition and H-1B visa stamp are valid and that you have the related supporting documentation to be allowed into the U.S. as an H-1B non-immigrant. You will need the items listed below. Travel while an H-1B petition is pending at USCIS may negatively affect the processing of the petition. Consult with EIS before making any travel plans and to ensure you have the proper documentation for re-entry.
H-1B employees who travel outside the U.S. must have the following documents for re-entry:
If you need a new H-1B Visa Stamp, you must apply for it outside the U.S. at a U.S. Consulate preferably in your home country. The U.S. government discourages foreign nationals applying to consulates in third countries and doing so may result in significant delays in visa issuance. For more information see Getting a U.S. Visa Stamp.
When leaving the U.S., if your H-1B Visa Stamp has expired, you may need a transit visa to pass through countries where your plane will land on the way to your final destination. If you do not have a transit visa, and it is required, you will not be allowed to board the plane to leave the U.S.
Barbara J. Funk, Senior Administrative Assistant
Mark Stasitis, Director Labor Relations & Immigration Srvs
The Office of Employee Immigration Services is located at 185 E. Mill Street, Akron, Ohio.
The University of Akron
Akron OH 44325-4733