Travel Seminar. Please bring your: I-20 or DS-2019 Passport Visa I-94 Proof of Health Insurance including Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage. Travel Signature. A travel signature is provided on page 3 of the I-20 / Page 1 of the
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Please bring your:
I-20 or DS-2019
Proof of Health Insurance including Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage
A travel signature is provided on page 3 of the I-20 / Page 1 of the
DS-2019 and is valid for re-entry within 1 year from the date it was
given or until the end date on your document (whatever is shorter)
To obtain subsequent travel signatures, you may:
You must bring the following documents to the seminar/
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 required for:
*Travel documents for absence less than 5 months:
* Originals, not copies
If you are exiting the U.S. and traveling to Canada, Mexico, or
Adjacent Islands and:
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, assistantship letter, tuition scholarship
* Originals, not copies
Carolyn Salter, (315) 470-6691
Some individuals visiting countries they are not citizens of must obtain a visa indicating the nature of their visit
Some individuals “transiting” into a country because travel requires an intermediate stop in a third country are required to obtain Transit Visas prior to traveling (there are sometimes exceptions for F-1 and J-1 students/scholars)
- 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)
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); passport is reviewed if it is international travel
- Must remove shoes, coat, metal objects
- Lap tops are screened separately
- 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 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,
- Moving towards 10 fingerprint system
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 United States.
On the airplane, train, or ship/ at the U.S port of entry:
Since you surrendered your I-94 card to exit the U.S., you will be
given a new I-94 card to fill out. It is required to re-enter the U.S.
Please submit a copy of your new I-94 card to OIE 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 the Coordinator of Int’l Education.
She will help you 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 the Coordinator of Int’l Education and send the
documents listed below to the address that is indicated on the
back of the I-515A Form.
Visa renewals should be applied for at the U.S. Consulate
in your home country.
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
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
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 status.
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, assistantship letter, tuition scholarship
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 depart the
U.S.; after completing a J-1 program you have 30 days to
depart the U.S. This“grace period” to depart the U.S is intended
for departure preparation and travel within the U.S .
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 the Coordinator of
International Education prior to exiting the U.S..
To re-enter the U.S. in J-1 student status, you must have: