Should I let my DSO know that I am travelling?
Yes! Your Designated School Official (DSO)
may want to provide you a travel signature on your I-20, and may have specific advice
and concerns to share with you about your transit countries or countries of destination.
You may also need to renew your visa while abroad and your
DSO will help you prepare.
Please also visit
this SEVIS page for more information about F-1s travelling outside the United
If I leave the U.S., what documents should I have in order to return?
See Study in the States – Welcome Backfor more information
How can I prove that I entered the U.S. legally?
is the record of legal admission to the U.S. You need a paper receipt of your I-94
record to apply for a Social Security number or a Driver’s License. Go to the Customs
and Border Protection website to
print a copy.
I heard there are special rules for travelling to the Bahamas. How can I find out
Check out this
page with detailed information on travel to Canada, Mexico and adjacent
Where can I find more information about the Automatic Revalidation of Visas?
Customs and Border Protection has detailed information about
reentering the U.S. on an expired visa after visiting Canada, Mexico and
adjacent islands (other than Cuba).
Can I travel outside the U.S. while my OPT application is pending?
The OIE strongly advises against travelling outside the U.S while your OPT application
is pending. You must have your EAD (Employment Authorization Document) to re-enter
the country, but USCIS will only mail your EAD to a U.S. address. Leaving the country
while your application is pending can be viewed as an abandonment of your petition.
Important Travel Links:
The Transportation Security Administration provides
security screenings at airports. Their website will provide information about the
screening process and items that you can and cannot bring with you.
Customs and Border Protection is the law enforcement
agency responsible for border management, including customs and immigration. Its
website has information for international travelers.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Traveler’s Health page has useful advice about recommended vaccines for
your country of destination.
Be sure to visit the Embassy or Consulate page of your transit countries and countries
of destination to determine whether you need a visa for entry.