Travel Inside & Outside the United States with a Visa
Inside the United States
inside the United States, you will not have to show your documents as you would
when you arrive in the United States. However, you may need to carry your
passport as your source of identification. It is also advisable to carry your
I-20 or DS-2019 with you during your travels in case of an emergency situation.
Outside the United States
plan to leave the United States for travel, including travel to Canada, you will
need to take a few precautions. Before you depart, please be sure you have the
following documents with you:
I-20 or DS-2019 with a travel signature that is less than 1 year old.
On the I-20, the travel signatures on are page 3 and on the DS-2019 they are
located in the signature box on the front page
current visa stamp that will not expire before your return to the United
- A current passport that is valid for
at least 6 months after you return to the United States
- If you are on OPT, you will also need
your Employment Authorization Document (aka OPT card) and a letter from your
If your visa will expire
before you return to the United States, you will need to renew your visa while
you are outside of the United States. All U.S.
Embassies/Consulates require in-person interviews by appointment. Please plan on
it taking at least 3-4 weeks to obtain a visa stamp. We advise that you
contact the U.S.
Embassy/Consulate that you intend to
visit to confirm their current policy prior to leaving the U.S. and plan your
travel accordingly. Please note that the information on the embassy websites may
not always be current in terms of how to apply for non-immigrant visas. A
telephone call to the embassy is also advisable. It is always best to renew your
visa in your home country. Attempting to renew your visa in a third party
country is not advisable.
notify the International
Student Services Advisor of any plans to travel outside the United
States to discuss any requirements and confirm that your I-20/DS-2019 has been