- Pre-Arrival Information
- F-1 Student Status
- International Student FAQs
- Flag Ceremony Registration Form
Re-Entry into the U.S. After Travel Abroad
To avoid problems when you re-enter the U.S., make sure that you have the following items:
- Valid passport (valid at least six months)
- Valid F-1 visa
- I-20 with an International student advisor's (DSO) signature that is less than six months old. Please note: The I-20 says that each signature is good for one year but, in practice, it is best to get it signed within six months. Plan ahead.
- Current proof of financial support (optional but recommended)
- Unofficial transcript or proof of class registration (optional but recommended)
In case you forget to get the I-20 signed or forget to carry the I-20 with you when traveling, you may contact the International Student Office to mail you another copy of the I-20 (You will be responsible for the mailing fee, and there is an extra fee for misplacing the I-20).
In some cases, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may allow you to enter the country with the Form I-515A, which you must fill out and mail back to them within 30 days so that your legal status is not jeopardized.