Travel Guidelines for F and J Non-Immigrant Students
I want to leave the U.S. during break. How should I prepare for travel with my U.S. immigration status?
When traveling to your home country you will need to request a travel signature to confirm your continued enrollment with ACU. Complete the Travel Signature Request form to get this process started.:
You will need the following to reenter the U.S.:
- Valid passport (at least 6 months into the future)
- Valid F-1 or J-1 visa (except Canadian citizens)
- Valid I-20 or DS-2019 with travel signature form. The travel signature form is valid for five months.
Keep your original documents with you at all times but also carry copies on your phone in case of emergency. If you are not in good academic standing, there may be delays or additional requirements before a travel signature can be given.
When traveling to a third country:
If you are traveling to a country other than your home country, check that country’s website for information about visas to enter their country and plan ahead. It often takes several weeks or months to process visa applications.
When traveling while on Optional Practical Training:
Travel recommendations are based on your stage in the OPT process. Check with OISVS for the most current recommendations.
What should I do if my passport expires or my visa is about to expire or has expired?
In most cases, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date you enter or re-enter. However, for the most up-to-date accurate information, visit the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) travel page at the button below.
I plan to travel within the U.S. What should I do to follow immigration laws?
If you are traveling in the United States, make sure you carry the following documents with you at all times:
- Valid Passport
- I-94 page
- Valid I-20 or DS-2019
Be aware that you may be required to show your documents at checkpoints near the Mexico border.
How can I know what the current health requirements and restrictions are for the U.S.?
Additional CDC resources:
International Travel Advisories
For information on travel while on OPT, visa revalidation when traveling to Canada or Mexico and other travel questions, see the Immigration and Customs Enforcement frequently asked questions page at the button below.