The information on this page was compiled for J-1 Research Scholars, J-1 Professors and J-1 Student interns as well as Nonimmigrant Employees (H-1B, O-1, TN and E-3) who are sponsored by Temple University. If you have a green card application pending, ask your attorney about Advanced Parole. Additional  information for F-1 and J-1 students is available here.

If you need to apply for a US visa stamp while outside the US, visit the website of the US Embassy or Consulate where you will apply for the visa for visa application requirements.

 

Check the estimated wait time for a visa here.

 

Consider making plans with your department for your employment in the event that you undergo Administrative Processing (a Security Check) and your reentry to the US is delayed.
 

You will need the following items when applying for a US visa stamp and when reentering the US:

  • Passport, valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least 6 months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States
  • Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
  • Form I-797 Petition Approval Notice (H-1B, O-1 and some TNs and E-3s)
  • Copy of Petition (I-129, LCA, and supporting documentation, depending upon your visa status) that was filed with and approved by USCIS
  • If reentering the US, copies of your 3 most recent paystubs to verify current employment
  • Two photos conforming to DOS specifications
  • Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee
  • Visa reciprocity fee (if applicable)
  • Any other forms required by the US Consulate (check the Consulate’s website)
  • If applicable, marriage certificate and birth certificates for dependents (spouse and any children) that plan to accompany H-1B to the U.S.

    Upon reentry into the US, you will need to print your new I-94

    Email ISSS a copy of the new I-94 plus a copy of your new visa stamp as well as a copy of the entry stamp Customs puts in your passport through TUSafesend

     

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Points to Remember When Applying For a US Visa

Points to Remember When Applying For a US Visa
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Nonimmigrants who travel for less than 30 days solely to Canada or Mexico (H-1B, E-3, O-1, TN) or some adjacent islands (F & J nonimmigrants only) and do not apply for a US Visa while in that country may be eligible for "Automatic Visa Revalidation". This means the individual could return to the US without a valid US visa.

Automatic Visa Revalidation

Upon reentry into the US, you will need to print your new I-94

Please be sure to email ISSS a copy of the new I-94 plus a copy of your new visa stamp as well as a copy of the entry stamp USCBP puts in your passport through TUSafesend

If you have a green card application pending, please contact your attorney to let her/him know that you are traveling and if you are eligible for Advanced Parole.

Before leaving the US, all aliens except those specifically exempted must obtain an IRS certificate of compliance, popularly known as a "sailing permit." If you establish to the satisfaction of IRS that you intend to return to the US and that your departure does not jeopardize the collection of income tax, you can get a sailing or departure permit by filing Form 1040-C without having to pay the tax shown on it. The sailing or departure permit issued with this Form 1040-C can be used for all departures during the current year.

IRS Sailing Permit