H-1B Travel Documents

ALERT: Berkeley International Office (BIO) currently recommends minimizing international travel due to the changing nature of U.S. immigration policy. Given the current U.S. immigration climate, you should be prepared for the possibility of increased scrutiny at the U.S. port of entry in the form of additional questioning and/or inspection of your phone or social media. For important information regarding current U.S. immigration policy, Executive Orders, and travel advisories, please see BIO's Immigration Policy Updates & FAQ webpage

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: BIO is closely monitoring the current coronavirus outbreak and Presidential Proclamation suspending entry into the United States for those deemed to pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Effective Sunday, February 2nd at 5 p.m. eastern standard time, the U.S. government will deny the entry into the U.S. of any foreign national (except immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who has traveled in China within the last 14 days. For information about immediate family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who may be exempt from this suspension, please review section 2 of the Presidential Proclamation. Restrictions on travel to and from China are rapidly evolving, as well as impacting local consulates and embassies working with U.S. visa applications. Mail delivery in parts of the world is also impacted and may result in delays in the delivery of immigration documents. Should you have urgent, emergency travel needs to or from this region, please contact BIO for advising.

Required Documents for H-1B Travel

To re-enter the U.S. in H-1B status and resume employment, bring the following documents:

  • Passport valid for six months beyond the duration of your H-1B status (see dates on the I-797 approval notice)
  • I-797 approval notice, original version (contact Berkeley International Office if you do not have the original version)
  • Letter verifying current employment from your department (confirming continued employment, job title, annual salary, and dates of employment as listed on your I-797 H-1B approval notice), dated within one month of your visa interview or re-entry 
  • Most recent UC Berkeley pay statements (last 3 months)
  • H-1B valid visa stamp (not necessary for Canadian citizens)
Additionally, if you will be applying for a visa, additional documents may be needed: 
  • Copies of forms I-129
  • Copy of Certified Labor Condition Application filed on your behalf
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Additional documents may be required, check with embassy. These may include evidence of meeting required qualifications etc.

If your visa has expired or you have changed your status to H-1B within the U.S. :

Obtain an H-1B visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate before returning to the U.S. Present the above-mentioned travel documents to the consulate.

If you have a valid H-1B visa issued with a prior employer's name:

The visa remains valid until the date of its expiration. H-1B employees who change employers in the U.S. may use the previously issued H-1B visa to apply for admission to the U.S. if the dates are still valid. Employees must carry all the other travel-related documents to re-enter the country successfully.