Office of International Student & Scholar Services

Visa & Travel Information

Traveling Outside the United States:

  • If you have plans to travel outside the U.S., make sure that your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) is endorsed for travel before you leave. Travel signatures on I-20s and DS-2019s are valid for one year, but it is recommended to have a signature no more than 6 months old if you will need to apply for a visa while abroad.
  • Please fill out the I-20/DS-2019 Certification at least 2 weeks prior to traveling and submit to OISS.
  • I-20/DS-2019 Certification

Traveling Inside the United States:

  • It is recommended that you take your original documents when traveling inside the U.S. This includes your passport with visa, I-20/DS-2019 and I-94 card.
  • We also suggest making copies of all documents when traveling and keep in a safe place.

Travel Information & Warnings:

Visa Information

1st Time Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa?  If this is your first time to the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa.

Renewing a Nonimmigrant Visa?  Have you been studying in the U.S. and will need to leave the country? If your F-1 visa has expired, you'll need to get a new one!

What is Automatic Visa Revalidation?  Automatic Revalidation of your expired F-1 or J-1 visa will occur if you travel to Canada or Mexico for less than 30 days.

Want to travel to Canada?  Do you need a Canadian visitor visa? Do you need to know what to carry with you across the border?

Last Updated: 6/9/16