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All international students entering the U.S. by air or sea will no longer receive a paper I-94 card (the little white card in your passport). Instead, J-1 students will receive a stamp in their passport - this stamp will show the date of admission, class of admission (J-1), and date that the student is admitted to (i.e. "D/S"). Those entering by land borders (Canada and Mexico) will still receive a paper I-94A.
To verify immigration status (for benefits with DMV and Social Security) and employment authorization (with USCIS for STEM extensions, H-1B applications, etc.), you will need to still present a valid I-94 card!
If you do not possess a paper I-94 card, you will need go to www.cbp.gov/I94 and print one out.
"Automatic Revalidation of Visa" (or, Neighboring Country Provision) allows nationals of most countries in valid J-1 student status to travel to Canada, Mexico, or the adjacent islands of the Caribbean (other than Cuba) for 30 days or less and re-enter the United States without a valid J-1 student visa. This benefit is not available to nationals of Iraq, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Syria, or North Korea.
In order to take advantage of this benefit, please see below:
If you still have a paper I-94, it is important that you do not surrender your I-94 when exiting the U.S. Make sure that you tell the CBP officer that you will be keeping your I-94 in order to re-enter the U.S.
If you do not have a paper I-94 and have just a stamp in your passport, the inspector at the border will verify your I-94 electronically to revalidate your expired visa if you meet the conditions of automatic revalidation.
Many students mistakenly feel that since they are not leaving the U.S., they do not need their documents when they travel around the U.S. Remember the U.S. is a large country comprised of individual states with very different law enforcement bodies. The Global Education Office strongly encourages you to carry proof of identity and immigration status when traveling around the
Please feel free to make an appointment with your International Student Advisor to further discuss any travel-related questions that you may have.
If you have any questions about international education, admission, or financial aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA