- F-1 visa international students must have the third page of their I-20 signed by
a university DSO before traveling outside of the United States.
- The signature date on your I-20 is valid for only one year of travel; check to make
sure the signature is and will be valid upon return.It is recommended that there is
at least 30 days between your anticipated re-entry and expiration of travel signature
in case of any changes while out of the country.
- Please contact the F-1 International Student Advisor to make an appointment to get
a travel signature.
- It is recommended that you make the appointment at least 1 to 2 weeks before your
expected departure date (from Clarksville) to ensure you can get an appointment in
- You must make sure that your passport is valid up to six months after your re-entry
- Before leaving you must check to make sure that your student visa will still be valid
upon re-entry into the U.S. If not, you will need to apply for a new visa prior to
your return to the U.S.
- As long as your I-20 record in SEVIS is current and in good status, you do not need
a valid visa to remain in the United States. A valid F-1 visa is only required for
international travel to re-enter the United States.
- If you need to renew your visa in order to re-enter the United States, you must apply
in person to a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
- Applicants are normally required to submit the following documentation: valid passport,
current passport-size photographs, valid Form I-20 (3 pages), proof of financial support
(bank statements and/or scholarship, or financial aid letter) and proof of enrollment
(certificate of enrollment or transcript).
- Certain students may be eligible to waive the visa interview process when renewing
a visa. See the consulate or embassy website where you will be applying to see if
you will be eligible.
- These items should be in your carry-on bags (NOT in your checked luggage) when leaving
and re-entering the U.S.
- your I-20 form (with travel signature)
- financial support documentation
- emergency contact information for the APSU SEVIS PDSO/DSO and APSU Public Safety in
case of after business hours emergency
- other proof of student identification including transcripts, student I.D., current/next
semester class schedule/registration
- If you are on are OPT, you may also need proof of employment (job offer letter with
start/end dates) and your EAD card.