UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

International Student Services

Travel

suitcaseWhile you are studying at UWRF you may want to travel, for example:

  • to see the United States
  • to return to your home country over a break
  • to explore another country on a break
  • to participate in an education abroad program

Before you pack your luggage, remember there are some steps you need to take to protect your status. When leaving and re-entering the United States, you want to ensure you have all the documents necessary for re-entry.
 

Common Travel Questions

 New Arrivals - transportation from the airport

Obtaining the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

Traveling to Canada, Mexico, or Adjacent Islands

Travel for Canadians

Travel and OPT

Travel in the United States

 

TRAVELING AFTER COMPLETING YOUR PROGRAM?
We cannot sign your I-20 or DS-2019 for travel during your post-graduation grace period, and you cannot re-enter in your F-1/J-1 status if you depart the United States.

F-1 Visa Holders

Traveling Abroad for F-1 Visa Holders

(If traveling to Canada, Mexico, or Adjacent Islands or Travel for Canadians, there different guidelines on travel. Please visit Traveling to Canada, Mexico, or Adjacent Islands or Travel for Canadians, if these apply to you)

Request a Travel Endorsement signature on your Form I-20.

Students should check page 2 of your current Form I-20 for a DSO signed travel signature. This signature should be dated at least within 12 months of the day you plan to re-enter the U.S.

To request an updated travel signature, visit the International Student Services office (102 Hagestad Hall) during business hours with your most current Form I-20. If a DSO is unavailable to sign for you, please ask to be scheduled for an appointment.

If you are a student holding an F-1 visa and you plan to travel abroad or to your home country, to be readmitted to the US you need to present to the Immigration Officer, at the port of entry, the following documents:

  • Valid Passport. It must be valid for at least 6 months when you enter the US.
  • Valid American (United States) F-1 Visa. A valid F-1 visa stamped in your passport. If you need to apply for a new visa, bring proof of financial support and your I-20 form to the American (U.S.) Consulate or Embassy. A current photograph will also be necessary when applying for a visa.
  • Valid I-20. A new Form I-20 or a current Form I-20 which has been signed by a DSO/PDSO  on page 2 of your Form I-20 within the last 12 months.
  • Documentation of Financial Support (award letters, letters from departments, bank letters, or letters and bank statements from private/family sponsors, etc.)
  • Documentation of UWRF enrollment (admission letter, letter from department, unofficial transcript, UWRF ID card, etc.)
  • Form I-901 (SEVIS Fee) Receipt

Please be advised that entry into the US is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Officer at the U.S. Port-of-Entry. Also, please be aware that since the passage of the Immigration Act of 1996 it has become very difficult to receive a new US visa in a third country.

J-1 Visa Holders

Traveling Abroad for J-1 Visa Holders

(If traveling to Canada, Mexico, or Adjacent Islands or Travel for Canadians, there different guidelines on travel. Please visit Traveling to Canada, Mexico, or Adjacent Islands or Travel for Canadians, if these apply to you)

If you are a student holding a J-1 visa and you plan to travel abroad, to be readmitted to the US you need to present to the Immigration Officer, at the port of entry, the following documents:

  • Valid Passport. It must be valid for at least 6 months when you enter the US.
  • Valid American J-1 Visa. A valid J-1 visa stamped in your passport.
  • Valid DS-2019. A new DS-2019 or your current DS-2019 Form which has been signed for travel in the lower right-hand corner within 1 year by your sponsor. If UWRF is your sponsor you will need the signature of a DSO in the International Students Office (102 Hagestad Hall), otherwise you need to contact your visa sponsor.
  • Documentation of Financial Support (award letters, letters from departments, bank letters, etc.)
  • Documentation of UWRF enrollment (letter from department, unofficial transcript, UWRF ID card, etc.)
  • Form I-901 (SEVIS Fee) Receipt

Please be advised that entry into the US is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Officer at the U.S. Port-of-Entry. Also, please be aware that since the passage of the Immigration Act of 1996 it has become difficult to receive a new US visa in a third country.

Contact Us

International Student Services
iss@uwrf.edu
715-425-4982
M-F, 7:45am - 4:30pm
102 Hagestad Hall

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