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If you are in F or J status and plan to travel outside the U.S., you may need to stop by International Student Affairs to request a travel signature before you depart. In order to be readmitted in F-1 or J-1 status, you must possess a valid travel signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 at the time of your re-entry to the US.
In addition, you will need a valid F or J entry visa. The exceptions to this are for Canadian citizens and travel to contiguous territories to the United States.

If traveling to another country, do not forget to research the entry visa requirements for citizens from your country.

If you have questions or concerns about traveling, we recommend you consult with International Student Affairs.

Upon return to the University from international travel, please provide International Student Affairs a copy of your new I-94 information (download), new entry visa, and new passport identification page, as appropriate.

As always, you should also be aware of important immigration and security regulations to ensure that you can leave and re-enter the U.S. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection may review information and documentation of international visitors at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad or at U.S. Ports of Entry.

The following pages provide detailed information to prepare you before you leave the U.S.:

Important travel information Provides detailed information on travel and re-entry to the U.S.
Automatic Revalidation of Visas Information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection on automatic revalidation of visas for travel to contiguous territory (and adjacent islands for F and J nonimmigrants).
What to Expect at a Port of Entry with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Provides important information on what to expect when arriving at a U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Electronic I-94 Admission Number Retrieval Provides access to the Admission Number assigned at a U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Department of State list of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide Provides an official listing of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.
U.S. Department of State visa wait times Provides the latest information on U.S. Department of State visa wait times.
10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa Advice from NAFSA: Association of International Educators on applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.