Travel Outside the United States
What are the basic requirements for an F-1/J-1 student to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad on pleasure or personal business?
1. A SEVIS Form I-20/DS-2019, 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/DS-2019 at the International Student Services (UB 200) approximately three weeks prior to departure. Complete the Travel Notification Form, attach your I-20/DS-2019 and submit to International Student Services for processing. Allow 5-10 business days turnaround for re-entry signature on your I-20/DS-2019.
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 F-1/J-1 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.