International Student Center
Travel on the F-1 Visa
Plan ahead if you wish to travel outside the U.S. Visit the ISC at least two weeks before departure to submit your I-20 for a travel signature.
Traveling outside the U.S.
- I-20 with authorization signature on page 2
- Valid F-1 visa
- Passport with 6 months validity after reentry to U.S.
- EAD card and a letter from your employer, if completing OPT
- Signed I-20 forms for F-2 dependents, if applicable
Entering the U.S.
Each time you enter the U.S., your electronic I-94 arrival/departure record is created and stored by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Your I-94 record is evidence of legal status in the U.S. You are advised to carry your passport, visa, and I-20 with you when traveling in the U.S. They are required for flights and also could be requested at checkpoints when you are traveling by car, train or bus.