Request your original USCIS H-1B approval notice from International Student and Scholar Services at least 3 weeks before your scheduled departure.
You will need your original H-1B approval notice to re-enter the United States and resume the same job at WSU. International Student and Scholar Services will also e-mail you a copy of your most recent H-1B petition if you do not have one.
Must always be valid for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States
Original, Unexpired USCIS H-1B I-797 Approval Notice for Your Current Position
International Student and Scholar Services keeps the original document. You must check it out when you notify International Student and Scholar Services of your international travel.
Valid, Unexpired H-1B Visa in Your Passport
If you do not have an H-1B visa in your passport or your H-1B visa has expired, you must apply for one at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad before you can enter or re-enter the United States. Canadian citizens are exempt from the H-1B visa requirement.
Copy of Your Most Recent H-1B Petition
Have the current original employment offer/confirmation/verification letter issued and signed by your hiring unit.
Printed on the hiring unit’s letterhead, the letter must specify your position title, job duties, and salary. Include your previous 2 months’ paystubs if you have been employed as an H-1B worker at WSU.
Documents may be required by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer to establish your qualification as an H-1B worker.
Traveling to Canada or Mexico
If you are visiting Canada or Mexico for 30 days or less, you may be able to re-enter the United States with a valid Form I-94 and an expired visa if you meet certain requirements. This provision of immigration law is known as Automatic Revalidation. Be sure that you understand the laws and how they pertain to you before you travel.
- Enter as an H-1B employee with H-1B documents, even if you are from a country in the visa waiver program
You will need your H1-B visa for employment in the United States. Do NOT enter as a visa waiver program participant.
- Immediately after inspection, check the entry stamp in your passport when it is returned to you by an immigration officer
If there is a mistake (for example, if the authorized end date is earlier than the expiration date in your H-1B approval notice), ask the immigration officer to make the correction right away.
Print: I-94 information
Send the following documents to a WSU Office of International Programs International Student and Scholar Services immigration advisor (Bryan Hall room 206):
- I-94 printout
- Your renewed passport (if applicable)
- H-1B visa (if applicable)
- Passport page with entry stamp showing H-1B status and the expiration date
- Original copy of your H-1B approval notice