If you are an F-1/J1 visa holder and are planning a trip outside of the U.S., please don't forget to check page 3 of your I-20 (for F-1 students) or the first page of your DS-2019 (for J-1 students) before you depart. If the document has not been SIGNED within the past year for travel, you must request a travel signature from an ISS advisor.
PLEASE NOTE: Keep in mind that the signature is valid for one year, for multiple entries. (For students who are on post-completion practical training, however, the signature is valid for six months, not one year). To request the signature, please bring your I-20/DS-2019 to ISS, at least one week before departure.
In addition to the I-20/DS-2019, you will also need a valid F-1/J-1 visa stamp. It is recommended that you also carry your previous I-20s/DS-2019s and an unofficial copy of your transcript in addition to recent financial documents.
If you are on OPT, you will also need your EAD card and a job offer letter.
For complete information regarding travel and re-entry to the US, please visit the link below:
Because of the Boston bombings involving an international student who withheld information from federal agents, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has increased re-entry screening for international students returning from travel abroad. It is very possible that if you are travelling abroad this summer, you will be sent to secondary interrogation where CBP will confirming that your SEVIS record is in "active" status. If your record has been terminated in the past, be prepared to show supporting documentation and to explain how your case was resolved. This additional screening could cause delays so plan ahead, especially if you will be making connections once you arrive in the US. There is no need to panic though if you are sent to secondary interrogation, as it will be common practice for all international students until further notice.