What documents to carry while traveling on OPT or STEM OPT?

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Here’s a list of documents that would apply to the majority of the traveller’s on STEM OPT.  Depending on your job and nature of work, you may require additional documents.

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa (unless you are eligible for automatic visa validation)
  • STEM OPT I-20 signed by your DSO
  • Previous I-20’s
  • Evidence of Financial Support (Bank statements)
  • USCIS Approval Notice for STEM OPT application
  • EAD Cards (OPT and STEM OPT if available)
  • Proof of employment
    • Employment Verification Letter
    • Above letter could include title, pay, STEM code, company e verify number and joining date.
    • Recent Pay Stubs (3 months)
    • Offer Letter
  • Additional Documents:
    • Business cards of my colleagues, HR and Directors
    • Letter from HR on company letter head stating that I was on a vacation and return date

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