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Travel & Re-Entry
If you are planning a trip within the United States, it is important that you carry your passport and immigration documents with you. DHS regulations require that you have in your possession Form I-94 and your valid passport with you at all times. It is also suggested that along with your current I-94 card and valid passport, you travel with your original I-20 or DS-2019.
A valid travel signature on the I-20/DS-2019 is required for re-entry during the F/J program after travel abroad. Only authorized Designated School Officials (DSOs) or (Alternate) Responsible Officers (AROs) can provide such signatures for students sponsored by SCU. Please see the staff in International Students & Scholars (ISS) for signatures and travel advising.How to get a Travel Signature
To get your visa document signed for travel, please bring your most recently issued I-20/DS-2019 to ISS:
Travel Signature Validity
Travel signatures are valid for one year or until the document's program end date, whichever is earlier, except F-1 students on Post-completion OPT whose travel signature is only valid for 6 months.
Students on SCU degree programs should note that many immigration officials interpret "one year" as meaning one academic year. It is recommended that you should request a travel signature each academic year.
For F-1/J-1 Students: Keep in mind that if you remain out of the U.S. for more than 5 months, you will need to request a brand new I-20/Ds-2019 for re-entry, since the travel signature is not valid for an absence from the U.S. of more than 5 months.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months into the future unless your home country has a passport agreement with the U.S. To see a list of countries that have this agreement (as of Nov. 1, 2006) please visit the following web page: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/104770.pdf
A valid visa stamp in your passport is also required for re-entry. If your visa stamp has expired, you will need to go to a U.S. consulate or embassy ideally in your home country to apply for the new visa stamp. You may not renew your visa within the U.S.
Form I-94 is the Arrival/Departure record that all nonimmigrant visitors are required to complete each time they enter the U.S. The Form I-94 (I-94 card) must be kept in the possession of the visitor at all times until they depart the U.S.
The I-94 card is issued electronically and should be retrieved and printed upon entry to the U.S. Click here for I-94 Admissions Number Retrieval.
Traveling Outside the U.S. while on Post-Completion Practical Training
An F-1 student who has an unexpired EAD issued for post-completion practical training and who is otherwise admissible may return to the U.S. to resume employment after a temporary absence. The EAD must be used in combination with an I-20 endorsed for re-entry by an International Student Advisor.
The following items are necessary for re-entry after you have graduated and have applied for post-completion practical training:
After initial entry to the U.S., if you have a single-entry or expired multiple-entry visa, you may re-enter the U.S. without obtaining a new visa under certain conditions and as long as you do not surrender your I-94 card upon departure from the US. More information can be found at the following web page: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f2.htm
In addition to a passport, you should have a properly endorsed I-20/DS-2019 and a valid I-94 card. However, you will not be able to re-enter the U.S. if you have a newly reissued passport which does not have any U.S. visa stamps; therefore, in this case you should carry both the expired and the new passport.
PLEASE NOTE: You may be required to have a visa from either Canada or Mexico to enter these countries. The visa you have for the U.S. does not automatically grant entry into these countries. If you are in doubt, contact the Canadian or Mexican consulates. Please allow enough time before your travel for visa processing.