If your OPT has been approved (your EAD card has been issued by USCIS) and you have a job, you may leave and re-enter the U.S. in order to begin or resume employment. If your OPT has been approved and you leave the U.S. before getting a job or a job offer, you may not be able to re-enter the US as an F-1 student! Make sure to have the following documents:
- Passport (valid for six months after you plan to re-enter the US)
- Valid F-1 visa stamp in your passport
- I-20 (Request from Susan a new one that indicates your employer on page 2)
- EAD Card
- Evidence that you already have a job in the US or that you have a job offer
The visa stamp requirement does not apply to Canadian citizens. If you need to apply for a new F-1 visa, you should also be sure to have your EAD card and evidence that you already have a job in the U.S. or that you have a job offer in addition to usual documents required for a visa application.