International Student & Scholar Services

International Travel

Re-entry to the United States

Students with plans to return home for summer, spring or winter breaks, should check that their I-20 or DS-2019 has been properly endorsed for re-entry. Questions about the endorsement of these documents can be answered by International Student & Scholar Services.

More information about what to expect when entering the United States can be found on Customs and Boarder Protection’s Webster: Arrival Procedures for Students or Exchange Visitors

Documents to Carry when Traveling Internationally

Traveling with the proper documents can help prevent delays when re-entering the United States. Consult the list below for a list of important documents.

Required:
Unexpired Visa
Unexpired Passport
I-20/DS-2019 endorsed for travel (See examples below)

Recommended:
Copy of SUU admission letter
Copy of financial statements used to gain admission to SUU
I-901 Payment Receipt

The examples below provide an example of what your I-20 or DS-2019 should look like in order to re-enter the United States.

Sample I-20 Endorsed for Re-entry (F)

Sample DS-2019 Endorsed for Re-entry (J)

Canada /Mexico:

Before traveling to either of these countries, students need to visit the governments’ consular Web sites to learn about required immigration documents for entering the country.

Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?q=416&t=16

Mexico
http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_Visa/en.html

Students, who have completed their program of study and choose to travel to Canada or Mexico, will not be able to re-enter the United States as an F-1 student unless they have received authorization to begin a new degree program within 5 months. Students may need to apply for a US travel visa in order to re-enter that United States.

Students planning on leaving the country for more than 5 months, will need to meet with a DSO to discuss the impact their absence will have on their immigration status.