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    I came to this country as a F-1 student several years ago. After completing MS in Molecular Biology, I worked in several positions with H-1B1 visa for several years. In July 2007, I started my PhD at Drexel University, Philadelphia, in Molecular BIology, and converted my status to F-1.
    My most visa stamp on my passport is a H-1B1, which expired four years ago.
    Recently, I have got the Permanent Residency statu in Canada, in response to my application.
    I must travel to Canada atleast for once to accept their offer. I am planning to visit Canada for few days to accpet the offer. Then coming back to USA via land border from Toronto.
    Now, Can I come back safely form Toronto with
    H1B1 visa (expired) + valid I-20 + valid I-94 ?

    Any opinion.

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    I came to this country as a F-1 student several years ago. After completing MS in Molecular Biology, I worked in several positions with H-1B1 visa for several years. In July 2007, I started my PhD at Drexel University, Philadelphia, in Molecular BIology, and converted my status to F-1.
    My most visa stamp on my passport is a H-1B1, which expired four years ago.
    Recently, I have got the Permanent Residency statu in Canada, in response to my application.
    I must travel to Canada atleast for once to accept their offer. I am planning to visit Canada for few days to accpet the offer. Then coming back to USA via land border from Toronto.
    Now, Can I come back safely form Toronto with
    H1B1 visa (expired) + valid I-20 + valid I-94 ?

    Any opinion.

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    • #3
      just an OPINION:

      No, you'll need a F-1 visa issued once you leave the USA and before you want to return.

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      • #4
        Indeed, you can't just go and come, because obviously you changed your 'current' status to F-1 with D/S validity on US soil, but that's not a visa. You would have to go to the US embassy/consulate in Toronto to have it stamped in your passport before reentry.

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