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Congratulations on making it through the first half of the spring 2024 semester! With spring break next week, we want to provide you with some important travel information if you are planning to travel outside of the U.S. The ISSC does not expedite last minute travel signature requests, so please plan accordingly.

Travel reminders


Need a travel signature?

Please check page two of your I‐20 or page one of your DS‐2019 for a valid travel signature. You can review our website for additional documentation required when re-entering the U.S.

Travel signatures are required to re-enter the U.S. and are valid for one year from the date last signed for current students.

For students on Post-OPT or STEM-OPT, travel signatures are required to re-enter the U.S. and are valid for six months from the date last signed.

If you are traveling within the U.S., you do not need a travel signature, but you must carry identification documents with you, including your I‐20 or DS‐2019, a printout of your I‐94, and a valid passport.

How to get a travel signature

Submit your travel signature request for your I-20 or DS-2019 document using the MyISSC eForm Portal. Remember that a travel signature is not required to depart the U.S. It is only required when re-entering.

Upon your return

Every time you re-enter the U.S., your I-94 record should reflect your most recent entry. We would advise that you check your I-94 record a week or so after you enter the U.S. to ensure it is up to date.

Please remember that the ISSC processing time is up to 7 business days, which does not include weekends or ASU observed holidays. We are always working to process requests as quickly as we can and recommend students plan ahead and consider the processing time when submitting their requests.


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