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)
- 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.