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Visitors Living in the U.S.

Đang chơi bàiKnow about your duration of stay, the documents you need when returning back to the U.S. from abroad and how to get a work authorization card.

stamped in your passport when you arrived shows how long you can stay in the U.S. If the notation is:

  • A specific date - you can stay in the United States until that date.
  • "Duration of Status" (or "D/S") - you can stay as long as you meet the conditions of your visa.

Đang chơi bàiDo not confuse the notation with the .

Extend Your Stay

If you need to stay in the U.S. longer, request an  well before Đang chơi bàiyour visa expires. An "overstay" can result in a denial of a future visa.

Đang chơi bài (EAD) work permit, which can be issued to certain nonimmigrant visa holders. You will need the actual physical EAD card before you can start working. The card is your proof to an employer that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

Learn more about the , review the instructions and filing fee, and apply to get your EAD card.

Đang chơi bàiIn most cases, an EAD work permit is good for one year. If you are approved, your EAD card will be mailed to you or you may be required to visit a to pick it up.

to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad if:

  • You are a foreign citizen living in the U.S. or

  • Đang chơi bàiYou have a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

Đang chơi bàiThese necessary documents should be obtained before your trip. You can get them from .

Permanent and Conditional Residents

  • If you’re absent from the U.S. for one year or longer:

    • Apply for a re-entry permit using .

      • Đang chơi bàiFor permanent residents, the re-entry permit is valid for two years from the date of issue.

      • For , it is valid for up to two years.

  • If you’re absent from the U.S. for less than one year:

    • No additional document is required.

    • Show your upon your return.

All Other Foreign Citizens Living in the U.S.

  • Contact USCIS and your country's embassy or consulate for all document requirements.

Note: If you need a travel document, but left the U.S. without obtaining one, contact for assistance:

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Đang chơi bàiLast Updated: October 2, 2020