Travel Outside the United States
What are the basic requirements for an F-1 student to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad on pleasure or personal business?
1. A SEVIS Form I-20, signed for re-entry by an International Student Advisor
In order to obtain a re-entry signature, please ensure all holds on your account have been cleared. Plan accordingly and drop off your I-20 at the International Center (UB 1100) approximately three weeks prior to departure. Complete the Travel Notification Form, attach your I-20 and submit to International Center for processing. Allow 2-3 day turnaround for re-entry signature on your SEVIS form.
2. You have been out of the United States for less than five months
3. A current passport valid for at least six months after the date of your re-entry
4. A valid, current visa OR you traveled to a contiguous country or adjacent island for less than thirty days
Bringing your most recent I-94, Departure Card, will facilitate your re-entry, if re-entering through a land port of entry. If you are flying, the airline will collect your I-94 prior to departure and you will complete a new one upon re-entry.