TRAVEL AND RE-ENTRY

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

It is extremely important for LSUHSC sponsored Students, Exchange Visitors and Employees to advise the Office of International Services know any time travel outside of the United States will occur, including travel of dependents.

Travel to Canada, Mexico, and closed loop cruises leaving and returning to a U.S. port ARE considered International travel and must be reported/approved.

International Services will verify travel plans with appropriate parties, provide instructions for appropriate surrender of relevant immigration documentation upon departure, and verify that the traveler(s) possesses all documentation necessary for successful re-entry.

If traveler(s) do not have the necessary documents for re-entry, it is possible they will be unable to return LSUHSC to rejoin other family members, or continue their program of study or employment.

Instructions on what information to provide International Services regarding travel plans can be found here.

Canadian citizens are entry visa exempt!!

Upon return from international travel, it is essential that copies of newly issued immigration related documents (entry visas, I-94 cards, passports) are submitted to International Services immediately!

Upon return, International Services will review any newly issued immigration related documents to ensure traveler(s) were properly re-admitted and that their immigration status remains valid.

If traveler(s) are not readmitted properly, this can result in loss of valid status, unauthorized employment or other unintended consequences which can result in ineligibility for future immigration benefits, forced departure from the U.S. or future bars from re-entering the U.S.

***Effective 4/30/2013, CBP began implementation of new I-94 procedures! ***

Important Updates on I-94 Automation

It is a requirement that all non U.S. Citizens over the age of 18 carry documentation of their status at ALL times. More information can be found here.

 

International Travel Checklists*

F-1 Students 

F-1 Students on Post Completion OPT

J-1 Exchange Visitors

H1B Employees

Dependents traveling without principal

TN Employees (No approved I-129 petition)

*The travel checklists are only a general guide. Your specific situation may differ. Please take care to notify International Services every time you travel!!!


DOMESTIC TRAVEL

Any time a foreign national sponsored by LSUHSC leaves the greater New Orleans area, it is strongly advised that they take their immigration related documents (passport, entry visa, I-94, I-20/DS-2019) with them. Permission from International Services is not necessary for domestic travel.

It is a requirement that all non U.S. Citizens over the age of 18 carry documentation of their status at ALL times. More information can be found here.

Travel to Canada, Mexico, and closed loop cruises leaving and returning to a U.S. port ARE considered International travel and must be reported/approved.