You were selected in the H1b lottery and your H-1B change of status petition was just approved. You are currently in the U.S. working for your U.S. employer on a cap-gap status and you are wondering if you can travel outside the U.S. before your status changes to H-1B on October 1.
You can travel during the cap-gap period, but you should carry the following documents with you:
- Valid F1 visa to enter the US
- Valid passport
- I-20 that indicates you are approved for the cap-gap & that is endorsed for an international travel
- The original H1b approval notice
Please note that in you have to come back before October 1, 2021 if the petition was filed as a Change of Status petition. This is extremely important as otherwise your status will not change to H-1B.
You should also double check what regional Covid-19 travel bans are still in place and how it could affect your international travel before you leave the U.S.
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