Travel & Re-Entry
ISSS understands that continuing students may have plans to travel over the break and have questions about re-entering the United States for the Fall 2021 semester.
It is important to remember that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) makes entry determinations at the U.S. port of entry (POE).
- Each port of entry is different and students report having different experiences entering the United States.
- ISSS can never guarantee that a student will not have any issues at the POE.
As always, ISSS urges students to make sure they carry with them all recommended travel documentation, particularly proof of enrollment.
As the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation, travel restrictions can change at any time. Please review the U.S. entry restrictions and the U.S. consulate and embassy websites for information about routine visa services.
- U.S. Entry Restrictions
- National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
- Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services
Students in F-1 status need a valid travel signature issued within the last 12 months from the time they seek entry to the United States (on page 2 of the I-20).
To receive a travel signature, please submit the Document Reprint Request Form (DocuSign) to ISSS and indicate the re-print reason as “Travel.”
- ISSS will issue a new I-20 and sign it for travel (please allow 2-5 business days for processing).
- ISSS will email the new I-20 to you after processing the request.
- As of March 27, 2020, SEVP and USCIS issued guidance allowing I-20s to be signed electronically by DSOs and sent to students by email during the COVID-19 crisis.