Before you travel
outside of the United States:
- Check if the visa in your passport is
still valid. If it has expired you will need to obtain a new I-20 in order
to apply for an extension of your visa at the American Embassy or
Consulate in your country.
- Schedule an appointment with the American
Embassy or Consulate if you changed your status. If you changed your
status in the United States and wish to leave the U.S. temporarily, you
must go to the American Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply for
a student visa to re-enter. Without this visa you will not be readmitted
into the United States. If you have a different visa that is still valid,
you may not use it to re-enter the U.S. as a student. Please note that it
is difficult to obtain student visas. It is advised that students who have
changed their status remain in the U.S. until they complete their studies
because of this difficulty.
- Have the back of your I-20 signed. In
order to be granted readmission into the United States you will need a
valid passport, F-1 visa, and the back of your I-20 signed. Please come to
the OISS at least a two weeks prior to your departure date. Without
this signature, you will not be readmitted into the United States.
- If you have recently applied for practical
training, we strongly advise you not to travel until you have received the
Employment Authorization Card from
- If you have applied to change your
status, you must wait until
USCIS sends you a fully endorsed I-20 before you
can travel. If you travel before it arrives, your application to change
your status will be voided.
- Should you have any questions about
traveling abroad, call (914) 606-8567 or Email the OISS at