Travel Signature Information
Are you an international F-1 or J-1 student? Do you have upcoming international travel plans? Make sure you have a valid travel signature on your I-20/DS-2019!
The travel validation signature is on page 2 of the I-20 and on page 1 (bottom right corner) of the DS-2019. You must have a current signature to re-enter the US when returning from international travel. The most recent signature must have been within the last 12 months (6 months if you are on F-1 Post-Completion OPT or STEM OPT) from the date you re-enter the U.S.
The Travel Signature Drive is a great opportunity to stop by for a new signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. No appointment is necessary, but be sure to bring your most recent I-20/DS-2019.
If the travel signature spaces on your I-20/DS-2019 are full, then submit a request for a new document through myIO (see below). We are not able to reprint documents at the Travel Signature Drive.
Travel Signature Drive details:
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Location: FAC 430
Can’t make it to the Travel Signature Drive? Ran out of travel signature spaces on your I-20/DS-2019? No problem! You can simply request an updated I-20/DS-2019 with a new travel signature through myIO. Just log into myIO> F-1/J-1 Student Services > I-20/DS-2019 Travel Signature Request.
Digital I-20s Are Here to Stay!
On Nov. 1, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published guidance formally confirming that electronically signed and issued I-20s will be acceptable moving forward.
Initially, the permission to sign and issue I-20s electronically to F-1 students and their dependents was temporary due to COVID-19. Because of the success of electronic delivery methods, SEVP has decided to formally adopt the use of electronic signatures and I-20 issuance on a permanent basis. This is a positive development for F-1 students and their dependents who can continue to receive I-20s by email.
SEVP has coordinated with other government agencies to ensure that electronically issued and signed I-20s (printed and physically signed by the student) will be acceptable for visa interviews, entry into the U.S., or any other situation where presenting an I-20 is required.
General Travel and Visa Information
If you have additional questions about traveling, please see our travel web page.