Detailed information about travel for F1 students is available on the ICE website here: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f2.htm#_Toc81222015
You must travel outside the U.S. for less than five months. If you are planning to take an academic leave of absence for one or more semesters, please contact the International Office for assistance.
You must have a valid F-1 visa to return to the U.S. If you changed your status to F-1 while inside the U.S., you will need to apply for an F-1 visa in your home country the first time you depart the U.S.
Students who have an expired visa but a valid I20 and I94 can travel to Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island and re-enter the US through Automatic Revalidation. However, you MUST obtain a new visa to re-enter the US if you travel to all other countries. Please click HERE for more information on Automatic Revalidation.
Students should print their I94 form, which is an record of your entry in to the United States. You can find the HI94 form hosted on the DHS website. Print a new I94 every time you re-enter the US.
Citizens of certain countries must have a visa to enter Canada or Mexico.To find out if you need a visa and to obtain visa application instructions, please refer to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You may also visit the page for the Canadian Consulate in NYC and the Mexican Consulate in NYC.
Even if you do not need a Canadian visa, you may need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. eTA Information is available on the cic.gc.ca website.
Students are advised to carry a copy of their SEVIS fee receipt with them to show to immigration upon re-entry. If you do not have your SEVIS fee receipt, you can get a copy of your receipt on the fmjfee.com website.