You have been issued a variety of immigration documents. They are all important, but for different reasons. Learn more below about each document and its importance for your immigration situation.
While UVA is the sponsor of your immigration status in the United States and will assist with compliance and filing of necessary petitions, it is ultimately the individual responsibility of each foreign national to constantly monitor and maintain a valid immigration status in the U.S.
It is essential that you provide copies of each of these documents to your University immigration contact, either Human Resources Compliance and Immigration Services or the International Studies Office. When a new version of any of the following documents is issued, it is your responsibility to ensure that the appropriate University immigration contact is provided with a copy.
Issued by a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad. It contains a validity period, the time during which you are able to travel to a port-of-entry in the U.S. (an immigration officer determines whether you can enter and how long you can stay). Your visa validity date does not reflect how long you are authorized to stay, and it may expire during that time. If you have an expired visa in your passport, you will be required to visit a U.S. Consulate or Embassy to apply and receive a new visa to enable you to return to the United States. The University of Virginia will be listed on your visa if they have sponsored your immigration status.
I-797 Notice of Action
Issued to H-1B, O-1, and some TN and E3 visa recipients. This document provides work authorization while you are in the United States during the period specified. It is also an essential part of the application materials needed to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate abroad. The University of Virginia will be indicated as the sponsor for each of the visa types above.
Issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon your entry to the United States, this is the most important document governing your stay. The ending validity date dictates your valid stay in the U.S. It may or may not match the dates indicated on the other documents listed above, but it is of primary importance in terms of ensuring that you are in valid status in the U.S. You can access the I-94, along with recent travel history, at cbp.gov.
You must keep your passport valid at all times while you are in the United States. If your passport will expire while you are still in the United States, you must contact the embassy of your home country in order to make arrangements to have your passport extended. You will not be permitted to re-enter the United States with an expired passport. If you lose your passport, you should immediately take steps to have it replaced.
To apply for immigration benefits, including an initial or visa status extension, your passport must be valid for at least six months past the requested start date.
If you travel with a passport that has an earlier expiration date than the expiration date of your visa status, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may limit the duration of your stay in the United States to the ending validity date of your passport. The I-94 document issued upon entry to the United States provides the expiration date of your valid status in the country.