Get a New Travel Signature
Getting a travel signature from an OGS advisor is easy. If the signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 will be more than a year old by the time you reenter the US, you need to get a new signature before you travel. For students on post-completion Optional Practical Training, the travel signature is only valid for six months. And remember, the US government determines your eligibility to enter the US. Be prepared and have the needed travel documents with you.
In New York City
Due to Coronavirus-related concerns, there are no in-person travel signatures available. To request a travel signature at this time, please complete the OGS Document Release Form and we will ship your updated document with travel signature to you.
- Your I-20 or DS-2019
Outside New York City or the US
Did you depart from the US without getting your I-20 or DS-2019 signed? Are you outside of New York City and need a travel signature? Did you lose or forget to bring your I-20 or DS-2019 with you?
Depending on your return date to the US, there are different steps for securing a travel signature.
Returning within one week
Check your I-20 or DS-2019 if you have it with you.
The travel signature is on page 2 of your I-20, or on the right lower side of your DS-2019 is valid for 12 months. You may still have a valid signature. If you do not, continue to step 2.
Request a Form I-515A at the US immigration crossing.
If you must reenter the US in less than a week, respectfully request that the officer at the US immigration crossing allow you to enter with Form I-515A. This gives you a thirty-day admission as an F-1 or J-1 student, and requires you to report to the OGS within that time frame to secure the required travel signature.
To qualify for the Form I-515A, you must have a valid passport, valid F-1 or J-1 visa, and your I-20 or DS-2019 (the officer may allow you to enter without your I-20 or DS-2019 at his/her discretion).
Returning more than a week into the future
Check your I-20 if you have it with you.
The travel signature is on page 2 of your most recent I-20. You may still have a valid signature. If you do not, continue to step 2.
Get scans of your documents.
In order to request a new I-20, you will need a scan of
- your EAD card if you are currently on post-completion OPT or STEM OPT.
Complete and submit your OGS Document Release Request Form.
The OGS will then generate a new I-20. We take up to 5 business days to complete your request.
Check your DS-2019 if you have it with you.
The travel signature on on the right lower side of your DS-2019 is valid for 12 months. You may still have a valid signature. If you do not, continue to step 2.
Get scans of your documents.
In order to request a new DS-2019, you will need a scan of
- the receipt that you have paid the express mail fee OR the name and email address of a friend at NYU who will pick-up your DS-2019 on your behalf.
Complete and submit your J-1 request to get a travel signature.
The OGS will then generate a new DS-2019. We take up to 5 business days to complete your request.