UMD: A Globally Connected University
ISSS is strongly recommending against undertaking any international travel during the COVID-19 emergency. Please carefully read the list of ongoing concerns below and consider your trip carefully before you finalize your plans to travel:
We would encourage you to make an appointment with ISSS if you have any questions about the uncertainty of your travel plans or your return to the United States.
H-1B employees who want to travel outside the U.S. should make an appointment with an ISSS advisor to review and pick up the necessary travel documents. An H-1B employee should always travel with the following documents:
- A passport (valid six months into the future at all times).
- Valid H-1B visa. An H-1B employee who changed immigration status in the U.S. will need to apply for an H-1B visa before re-entering the U.S.
- Travel Packet prepared by ISSS. The travel packet contains a complete copy of the petition that ISSS filed with USCIS to obtain the H-1B status for the employee.
- Valid original I-797 Receipt Notice and copy of I-797 Approval Notice
- Two recent paycheck stubs to demonstrate that the H-1B worker is currently employed.
- A letter from the UMD department on UMD letterhead confirming the job title and the job description of the H-1B worker, the purpose for the trip and the expected dates of travel.
Please note that individuals in H-1B status are viewed as having a dual intent when entering the U.S.
Dual Intent means that the H-1B holder may intend either to return home at the end of the H-1B program or to apply for immigrant status.
Important: A person in initial H-1B status can enter the U.S. up to 10 days before the H-1B start date.