Are you traveling outside the U.S. over winter break?
- Plan ahead and request your travel signature now as ISSS will be closed for winter break.
A valid travel signature is required to enter the U.S. in F-1/F-2 and J-1/J-2 status.
- A travel signature is generally valid for re-entry to the U.S. within one year from the date it is received or until the end date on the I-20 or DS-2019, whichever comes first.
- Exception: A travel signature for students authorized for OPT is only valid for six months.
Please check your I-20 (p.2) or DS-2019 (p.1) to see when you last received a travel signature.
- If, on the date you will re-enter the U.S., your travel signature will be more than one year old or six months old if you are on OPT, then you must obtain a new travel signature from an ISSS advisor and travel with the newly signed document when you seek to re-enter the United States.
- Individuals who seek to re-enter the U.S. without a valid travel signature may be denied re-entry.
Obtaining a New Travel Signature
- Complete the I-20 /DS-2019 Document Reprint Request Form (via DocuSign).
- Students with F-1 Status and Dependents with F-2 Status:
- ISSS will reprint and email you a new I-20 with a new travel signature. Print the I-20, sign it on p.1. and carry it with you when you travel to the United States.
- An electronic or digital travel signature is valid for the same duration as an ink signature.
- Exchange Visitors with J-1 or J-2 Status:
- ISSS will reprint and mail you a new DS-2019 with a new travel signature. Sign the DS-2019 it on p.1. and carry it with you when you travel to the United States.
Your Return Travel
Plan ahead and travel smart! Please review the following resources:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Entry Requirements & Testing
- Geographic U.S. Entry Restrictions
- Student Travel Handout
- Scholar Travel Handout
It is highly recommended that students travel with their proof of full-time enrollment. Please review the spring 2022 updates linked below for additional information and considerations regarding your return to campus.