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 submit the Travel Signature Pre-Approval request through the iRocket Portal anytime you travel outside of the U.S..  When you submit the request we are able to check your SEVIS record to make sure it is active and all of your information is up to date.
  • Please submit the Travel Signature Pre-Approval request at least 2 weeks prior to traveling.
  • iRocket Portal

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: 6/21/22