Traveling inside and outside of the US as an international student | Arizona State University

Traveling inside and outside of the US as an international student | Arizona State University

September 8, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


While a student at ASU, you are eligible to travel both inside and outside the United States. However, you need to make sure you follow certain regulations to travel safely. If you are planning to travel within the U.S., always travel with your I-20 or DS-2019, I-94, and a valid passport. There are several checkpoints within the U.S. where you may be asked for this paperwork by a customs agent. If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., you must have your I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature, valid visa, and valid passport. We recommend you carry an enrollment verification and an ASU unofficial transcript for re-entry. These documents can be downloaded through My ASU. Travel signatures are located on page 2 of your I-20 and page 1 of your DS-2019. Travel signatures are valid for one year from the date they are signed. If you are on OPT, then your travel signature is only valid for six months. F-1 students and J-1 students with a DS-2019 issued by ASU may request a travel signature by using our e-forms process online. If you are a J-1 student whose DS-2019 was not issued by ASU, please contact your program’s sponsor to receive a valid travel signature. Automatic visa revalidation is a provision that allows citizens of some countries to travel to Mexico, Canada, neighboring islands and U.S. territories and then re-enter the U.S. with an expired F-1 or J-1 visa. Please contact ISSC before attempting to use automatic visa revalidation for requirements and eligibility. If you attempt to enter the country without proper documentation, you may receive an I-515A along with an I-94 indicating that you may enter the U.S. temporarily for 30 days instead of your duration of stay. Please contact the ISSC immediately if you receive an I-515A at the port of entry. Your visa status is your responsibility. Failure to maintain your visa status and abide by employment regulations has major consequences, which may include denial of certain immigration benefits including work authorization or future visas. Failure to maintain your, visa status can also lead to deportation. Remember, we’re here to help you with any visa or travel questions you may have so don’t hesitate to contact us.