Duration of Stay in the U.S.
The Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) 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.
Do not confuse the notation with the expiration date of your visa.
Extend Your Stay
If you need to stay in the U.S. longer, request an extension well before your visa expires. An "overstay" can result in a denial of a future visa.
Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
If you are a nonimmigrant visa holder, such as an international student, researcher, or refugee you may be able to work temporarily in the United States with an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) work permit.
This physical card proves to employers that you are allowed to work in the U.S. and is required before you can begin working.
Learn more about the Employment Authorization (Form 1-765), review the instructions and filing fee, and apply to get your EAD card.
In 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 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office to pick it up.
Travel Documents for Foreign Residents Returning to the U.S.
You may need additional documents to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad if:
- You are a foreign citizen living in the U.S., or
- You have a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
You should obtain these necessary documents before your trip. You can get them from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Travel Documents for Permanent and Conditional Residents
- If you’re absent from the U.S. for one year or longer:
- If you’re absent from the U.S. for less than one year:
- No additional document is required.
- Show your Green Card upon your return.
Travel Documents for 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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for assistance:
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Last Updated: August 16, 2021