Current Student Information
Important Travel Check List:
Travel Check list for International Students intending on traveling:
This list is designed for international students in F-1 or F-2 status who are traveling within the United States or abroad. For additional information or questions regarding travel please contact the International Student Advisor.
Before traveling please be aware of your current status and have all necessary documentation with you to present upon arrival and departure from the U.S.
SEVIS Form I-20
Check the travel signature on your SEVIS Form I-20. You must have your SEVIS I-20 with you when you travel, even for travel within the United States . Be sure that your current I-20 has an authorized travel endorsement signature valid for re entry within the United States . If you have any questions whether your travel endorsement is valid please see the International Admissions Counselor.
Check the expiration date of your passport. You must have your passport with you for all travel, including travel within the United States . If traveling abroad, your passport MUST be valid at least six months into the future upon your return to the United States. Passports may be renewed at your country's embassy or consulate in the United States.
Check your U.S. visa stamp inside your passport. Has your visa stamp expired? If it is still valid, is it for multiple entry, or has the entry been used up? Finally, is the category for which the visa was issued the status you currently hold (for example, if your visa is F-2, are you currently in F-2 status or did that status change after you entered the United States ). An expired U.S. visa need only be renewed if you will be traveling outside the United States . The exception is travel to Canada or Mexico . As long as your travel to either of those two countries is for less than thirty days and you are not applying for a U.S. visa there, you may return to the United States on an expired F or J visa. There is a special rule for citizens of Iran , Syria , Libya , Sudan , North Korea , or Cuba currently in the United States . Such an individual can only enter Canada or Mexico and return to the United States IF he or she has an unexpired multiple-entry U.S. visa in the passport for his or her current status. Be sure to read the handout titled "Applying for a New Visa at a U.S. Consulate Abroad.
I-94 Arrival/Departure Card
You must have your white, I-94 card with you for all travel, even travel within the United States . You will need to surrender your I-94 card if you are departing from the United States . You will be issued a new I-94 card upon your re-entry to the United States with a new admission number.
SPECIAL NOTE: F-1 students with expired U.S. visa who are traveling to Canada, Mexico or adjacent islands for up to 30 days, who are not applying for a new U.S. visa, AND who will be resuming their studies upon their return should NEVER surrender their I-94 card.
Canadian or Mexican nationals returning to their home country should surrender their I-94 card as they enter their country, and obtain a new I-94 card the next time they enter the United States . Canadian nationals should be sure to carry with them their financial documentation that verifies the information on their I-20 when getting ready to return to the United States .
MVCC ID Card
As an International Student you may be asked to present your student ID card. Please bring this with you at all times when traveling to prevent any travel delays.
If you are traveling within the United States you should bring your health insurance card with you. This card may be useful in emergency medical situations. Please contact the Health Center in order to receive your insurance card.
If you have completed your studies and have applied for Practical Training, you must have your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with you, as well as your SEVIS I-20 endorsed for practical training, in order to re-enter the United States.
If you were required to go through the NSEERS special registration process either at a U.S. port of entry or as part of a "call-in" registration at a district USCIS office, because you are male and from one of the 25 designated countries, there is a special exit procedure that you must follow before you can depart the United States, at the airport where your overseas flight will depart.. Failure to do so can result in your being permanently barred from entering the United States.