Important note: All students must notify their school of their travel plans prior to obtaining a travel endorsement from the International Services office.
you are planning to travel outside of the United States and wish
to re-enter the country under the F-1 status, please follow the
- See a Designated
School Official before traveling in order to insure that all your
documents are valid.
- You must
have a valid I-20 form with a valid travel endorsement from an
OIS Designated School Official. The travel endorsement is valid
for one year as long as your I-20 is valid and all of the information
on it is current, and you have otherwise maintained the conditions
of your status.
- You must
have a valid F-1 visa in your passport.
- You must
have an unexpired passport.
With An Expired Visa
If you are planning on traveling
outside the U.S. and your F-1 visa has expired, you
are required to make an appointment with the U.S.
Consulate/Embassy in the country you will be visiting.
For a listing of "Visa Wait Times", visit
of State Web site. You will need the following
documents during your visa appointment:
valid form I-20 with a travel endorsement from an OIS Designated School Official (DSO)
passport that will be valid for at least six months after the
date on which you plan to return to the United States
- One photograph
1 and 1/2 inches square, showing full face, without head covering,
against a light background
- Evidence of funding for your studies and living expenses in the US
- Copy of transcript
of funding for dependent spouse and children, if applicable
information (if applicable) such as; passport, DS-2019, proof
of marriage to a spouse and child's birth certificate
While On Post-Completion Practical Training
you are traveling while on Optional Practical Training after completion
of your studies, you will need the following documentation:
- A form I-20,
which has been endorsed by a Designated School Official within
the last 6 months
- Valid F-1
- An unexpired
- A valid Employment
Authorization Document (EAD) issued for Optional Practical Training
by the USCIS
- A letter from a U.S.-based employer certifying
that you are returning to resume your job duties or an offer of
employment in the U.S.
your visa stamp is expired, travel while on Practical Training
can be rather complicated. For more information and advice on
how to avoid complications, please visit the Office of International
Services before leaving the United States .
do not recommend that you travel while your application for Post
Completion Practical Training is still pending with the USCIS.
Whenever possible, students should wait until their EAD card is
approved before traveling outside the U.S. after completion of