Travel Information for Students on OPT
Below is general travel information for F-1 students currently on Optional Practical Training. The ISSO does not recommend students travel during OPT unless absolutely necessary. Please contact the ISSO with any questions or concerns.
Documents Required for Travel:
- I-20- the travel signature is valid for 6 months from the date of the signature for re-entry into the U.S. To request a travel signature click here. 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.
- 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- Unless you are planning to do automatic visa revalidation, click here for more information, then upon exiting the U.S., you will surrender your I-94 card. You will obtain a new I-94 card upon re-entry. Make sure the new I-94 card states your correct immigration status (i.e. F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2) and is valid for Duration of Status (D/S).
- Valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD card)
- Letter of employment or job offer letter
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, I-94, and EAD card.