Going home for the summer or planning a trip for spring break? Want to invite family members for a visit? You can find everything you need to know on traveling and reentering the US as an F-1 or J-1 student and helping family members come for a visit. And remember, the US government determines your and any family member's eligibility to enter the US. Be prepared and have the needed travel documents with you.
Make sure you have a valid travel signature
- Located at the middle of page 2 of your I-20; OR bottom right of page 1 of your DS-2019.
- For students, your travel signature is valid for 1 year (unless the end date on your I-20 or DS-2019 is sooner). For those on post-completion OPT or Academic Training, it is valid for 6 months.
- Find out how to get a new travel signature.
- Travel after you finish your studies
- Have you been sent to additional screening at the airport when crossing immigration? Have you been denied or delayed entry into or exit from the US? Fix this by filing a request with the US government (it's called DHS TRIP).
- Effect of Arrest on Immigration Status
- Know Your Rights