Travel Within United States

Travel Within the U.S.

OISSS strongly recommends that students and scholars carry a valid passport, I-94 printout or card, a properly endorsed I-20 or DS-2019 (F-1 or J-1)/I-797 approval notice (H-1b or O-1) and proof of current student enrollment or continuation of scholar appointment when traveling away from the Providence/Boston area.

F and J students on post-completion OPT or Academic Training should carry:
  • F-1 students on post-completion OPT should carry the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and an employment verification or offer letter from the current or prospective employer.
  • J-1 students on post-completion Academic Training should carry extended DS-2019 with Academic Training notation and an employment verification or offer letter from the current or prospective employer.

Travel to U.S. Territories in the Caribbean

International students and scholars can travel directly to and from U.S. territories (i.e. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) located in the Caribbean without the requirement of a valid U.S. visa. However, if at anytime during your trip to these U.S. territories, you enter another country, you will need to make sure you have all your valid immigration documents in order to re-enter the U.S. As such, we recommend that students carry their immigration documents with them even if they only plan to travel between the U.S. territory and the U.S. mainland.