If you are on an F-1 or J-1 visa and plan to travel outside the U.S. this Summer, please do the following:
- Make sure your I-20 ( or DS 2019) is valid;
- Make sure the third page of your I-20 has been signed by me less than a year ago. The signature is valid for one year. If your I-20 needs to be signed again, please, come by the CIP and I will sign your I-20. Contact David Starling if you are a J-1 student; Call our office at (229) 333-7410 or e-mail me to make an appointment.
- Check to be sure your passport and visa will not expire before you plan to return,
- if your passport will soon expire, contact your embassy to ask how to apply for an extension. Information about foreign embassies located in Washington, DC can be found HERE
- if you have an expired F-1 or J-1 visa and plan to travel to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands for 30 days or less, your expired visa will still be valid for your re-entry, assuming you have with you a recently endorsed travel document (form I-20 for F-1 visa holders; form DS-2019 for J-1 visa holders) and your I-94 card;
- if you have an expired visa and plan to travel to places other than Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands (or if you plan a trip to these places for more than 30 days), then prior to your return you will need to apply for a new visa at a U.S. consulate within your home country. Information about U.S. Embassies is available HERE
- Even if you plan to travel within the United States, make sure you have with you your passport and valid I-20 form ( or DS 2019).