Travel Information for Current Students
Below is general travel information for F-1 students currently studying in an academic program. Please contact the ISSO with any questions or concerns.
Documents Required for Travel:
- I-20- the travel signature is valid for 12-months from the date of the signature for re-entry into the U.S. Current students enrolled in courses will need to complete the Travel Signature Request Form. Students are strongly encouraged to travel with all of their previous I-20’s in case there are any questions or concerns by port of entry.
- Visa- Your visa must be valid to re-enter the U.S. If your visa will expire before your return to the U.S. or you do not currently have a visa, keep in mind that you must apply for a visa before you will be able to re-enter the U.S. Click here for more information on renewing your visa. For information related to automatic visa revalidation click here.
- Passport- your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date that you plan to return to the U.S. If your passport has expired you may renew it within the U.S. by contacting your embassy or renewing it in your home country. Please note that some the renewal process may take up to 3-4 months for some countries.
- I-94- Beginning April 30, 2013, non-immigrants entering the U.S. at air and sea port of entries will no longer receive a paper copy I-94. This new process will take about 4 weeks to implement across the U.S. Non-immigrants entering the U.S. at land port of entries (example...Mexico/U.S. border) will still receive a paper copy I-94. For a list of frequently asked questions click here or go to CBP's website.
- Students who will be outside the U.S. when classes are in session for the fall/spring semesters may be detained at the port of entry when they re-enter the U.S. and required to provide an explanation/documentation for their travel. Students are encouraged to only travel outside the U.S. in the fall/spring semesters during university recognized breaks and holidays. Academic departments will not issue letters for travel during the fall/spring semesters and the ISSO will not grant permission for students to travel during the fall/spring semesters.
Additional Recommended Documents from Department of State:
- Unofficial Texas A&M University-Commerce transcript (requested through your myLEO)
- SEVIS fee receipt for payment of I-901 fee
- Proof of financial resources that match your I-20
Students traveling within the U.S. are strongly encouraged to travel with their current I-20, valid passport, visa, and I-94.