Travel Seminar 1 st & 3 rd Wednesday of Month: 1:30 pm Please bring : Original I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, I-94 card, proof of duration of health insurance, and proof of medical evacuation and repatriation coverage
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1st & 3rd Wednesday of Month: 1:30 pm
Please bring: Original I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa,
I-94 card, proof of duration of health
insurance, and proof of medical
evacuation and repatriation coverage
proof of duration of health insurance, and proof of medical
evacuation and repatriation coverage for Advisor to review
you sign-in for the seminar
-- Note your anticipated departure date and destination
on the Travel Signature Request Form
-- Indicate any changes in your course of study, local, or
immigration information on the Travel Signature
You must have health insurance coverage (including
medical evacuation & repatriation) valid for the entire
academic year (August 06-August 07). If you are
graduating before August, you must have the coverage
valid until the end of the term in which you are graduating.
Dropping insurance during vacation periods is not acceptable
if you plan to return to continue your studies the next
Lapses in health insurance coverage are risky due to:
may be regarded as pre-existing conditions and thus not covered by your new insurance plan
-- Registered full-time or have submitted a request to study less than full-time
-- Have valid I-20 or DS-2019
-- Have not engaged in unauthorized employment
-- Have reported all changes to program of study and changes of address
-- Have health insurance for yourself and any dependents(including medical
evacuation and repatriation benefits)
-- If you are concerned about your status or issues related to your particular
case, you may request a more current travel signature
-- Travel with dependents
-- Canada, Mexico, Adjacent Islands
-- Beyond North America
F-1 or J-1 visa?
When are you traveling?
Where are you traveling?
Why are you traveling?
Have you applied for OPT?
Will you have completed
your course of study?
Traveling by air, land, or sea?
Traveling through another country?
Will your immigration documents be valid when you plan to re-enter the U.S.?
Are you traveling with
dependents?Things to Consider…
Law and immigration enforcement agents may randomly
stop and question you during routine activities such as
driving in your car or waiting for a bus at a bus station.
Individuals without valid travel documents may be detained,
arrested, threatened with deportation, and/or taken into
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody.
As part of the non-immigrant visa application process,
consular officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates are
required to identify individuals who will have to follow the
special registration requirements in the U.S..
Further security checks after initial immigration inspection are typically
If you are subject to special registration procedures, it is your
responsibility to make certain that your entry and departure is
documented by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
inspecting officer, every time you leave and re-enter the U.S..
This may add a significant amount of time onto departure so please plan accordingly.
You are required to report your departure from the U.S. by appearing
before a USCBP inspecting officer:
Failure to follow the proper registration procedure could result
in your being permanently barred from entering the U.S..
*Travel documents for absence less than 5 months:
-- Automatic Visa Revalidation: You may be eligible to re-enter the U.S. from
Canada, Mexico, or adjacent islands (not Cuba) on expired visa if:
- you are in lawful status and not terminated in SEVIS;
- your visit was 30 days or less;
- you are not a citizen of “state sponsors of terrorism;” and
(Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, Cuba)
- you did not just apply for a U.S. visa in Canada or Mexico and get denied
-- Canada (Can apply via the mail or at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo)
* Originals, not copies
If you are exiting the U.S. and traveling to Canada, Mexico, or
you should keep your I-94 card provided it is valid beyond the
time of expected return to the United States.
If you were previously required to do special registration and:
Stop on the U.S. side of the border at Customs and Border Protection
to complete your registration procedure
Complete the exit procedure at an approved U.S. departure port
*Travel Documents for absence less than 5 months:
Failure to do so may effect your eligibility to re-enter the U.S..
(If you are traveling during the school year, you should obtain letter at the Registrar’s Office; If the spring semester is over and you are traveling over the summer, you should ask your academic department to issue a letter verifying your enrollment/progress towards your degree.)
-- e.g., bank statements, assistantshipletter
* Originals, not copies
-- Slutzker Center: (315) 443-2457 (Summer Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am- 4:30pm)
-- Public Safety: (315) 443-2224 (For emergency after Slutzker Center hours)
-- Entry Visa (e.g., visitor, tourist)
- Some individuals visiting countries they are not citizens of must obtain a visa
indicating the nature of their visit
-- Transit Visa(e.g., visitor in transit)
- Some individuals “transiting” into a country because travel requires an
intermediate stop in a third country are required to obtain Transit Visas prior
-- Change airports; Change airlines; Stay overnight in the airport
- Transit visas are commonly needed for travel through Europe (e.g., UK, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands) however there are sometimes exceptions for F-1 and J-1 students and scholars
Please consult the embassy prior to travel to determine if any
visa(s) are necessary.
Everyone who travels by air must go through a Federal
Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) screening
process prior to boarding the plane.
-- Airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID (e.g., passport)
-- Must remove shoes, coat, metal objects
-- If detector is set off, additional screening may be necessary
--Travel-size liquid-based toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably
in 1 QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag may now be brought in carry-on
(e.g., toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, sunblock, perfume/cologne, liquid foundation)
--After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items
purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.
Dependents in F-2/J-2 status:
- Valid visa - Valid passport
- I-94 card -Valid 1-20/DS-2019 with current travel signature
- If applied for OPT: Copy of primary’s I-20 endorsed for OPT and EAD
- Transcript/ Letter of Enrollment/ Appointment Letter
- If the F-1/J-1 primary will be outside the U.S. for 5 months or more, current
status will be terminated and a new initial attendance I-20 will have to be
issued for the primary and dependent(s)
U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology (US-
VISIT) is a system for keeping records of the entry of
non-immigrants traveling to the United States.
Under US-VISIT Entry procedures,
An entry confirmation will be added to your travel
records to demonstrate compliance with the terms of your
admission and to verify that you are the same person who
received the visa you are utilizing to travel and enter the
Date of Entry
Length of Stay
Submit a copy of your new I-94 card to SCIS every time you travel
If the immigration officer reviewing your documents:
politely inform the officer of this and ask for assistance.
If the officer will not correct the issue, do not push the matter as you
risk being issued an “expedited removal” which could result in a 5 year
ban from entering the U.S..
If you do not receive the proper markings, you must make
an appointment to meet with a Slutzker Center Advisor.
After meeting with an Advisor, you may be able to obtain
the proper markings from an immigration officer at either:
If there is a problem with your immigration documents, the
immigration officer may give you a Form I-515A granting you
lawful admission to the U.S. for 30 days and eligibility for all
of the benefits associated with your status.
In order to maintain status,within those 30 days you are required to
meet with a Slutzker Center Advisor and send the documents listed
below to the address that is indicated on the back of the form.
Visa renewals should be applied for at the U.S. Consulate
in your home country.
U.S. Department of State visa information sheets are available online.
Though not recommended, in some instances it is possible to
apply for a U.S. visa in a third country such as Canada or
Mexico. This is riskier and denials are more frequent.
(Consulates along the U.S. border no longer accept applications from non-resident third
country nationals from Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria)
in order to re-enter the U.S.
It is recommended that you schedule a visa appointment
well in advance and prior to exiting the U.S..
Be sure to check visa appointment waiting times at the consulate
prior to traveling.
Also, be sure to check the hours of operation as Consulates may
close temporarily for breaks or holidays.
If visa processing delays will interfere with your ability to
resume your studies, it is advisable to cancel your travel
plans since you may remain in the U.S. with an expired
visa as long as you are maintaining your non-immigrant
Individuals who are citizens of certain countries or with certain
backgrounds may be subject to special security clearances that will
lengthen the visa application processing time.
Individuals from countries identified by the U.S. Department of State as being state sponsors of terrorism or perceived to have nuclear capability. (Cuba, Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria)
If you have ever been arrested, or if you have a name that is the same as or similar to someone who has been arrested
Students who are considered to be majoring in “sensitive areas of study” as determined by the U.S. government (e.g., physics)or from countries perceived to pose national security threats or nuclear capability(China, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Russia).A TAL delay can take several months to resolve.
Also required to complete and sign Form DS-157
Required to submit additional form, even if they are included in a parent’s passport
Be prepared to also provide:
-- e.g., bank statements, tax documents, assistantship letter
Applicants with dependents must also provide:
Applicants who may be subject to Technology Alert List (TAL):
Landed Immigrant applying for a U.S. visa in Canada must provide
It is not advisable to apply for a new U.S. visa in Canada if you
cannot prove equally strong ties to Canada and your home country
After completing an F-1 program you have 60 days to prepare to depart the U.S.;
if you have completed a J-1 program you have 30 days to prepare to depart the
Travel and re-entry is not permitted during the exit grace period if:
If you have submitted an application for OPT (pending or approved) or have
received Academic Training authorization and travel with an expired visa:
Visa issuance for individuals on practical training can be problematic since it is
more difficult to prove compelling ties to your home country because you are
returning to the U.S. for employment and that may be interpreted as a desire to
obtain H-1B or permanent resident status.
If OPT has been approved, also travel with the following
If OPT approval is pending, travel is not advised.
If you chose to disregard this recommendation and travel, you must also carry the following documents:
If you plan to leave the U.S. after you complete your program
of study and re-enter the country for J-1 academic training,
you must apply for work authorization with your RO/ARO prior
to exiting the U.S..
To re-enter the U.S. in J-1 student status, you must have: