Office of International Education

Traveling Outside the US

Visits Outside the U.S.:

If you plan a trip to any point outside the U.S. and plan to return, you must make sure that all of the necessary documents are in order. You will need: 

  • (a) A passport valid to cover the planned return date
  • (b) A visa, also valid, to cover the planned return (in some cases, a visa is issued for two,  three, five, or multiple entries. In such cases, the visit and return must be within the stated number of entries)
  • (c) You must have an endorsement by OIE staff on your I-20 or DS-2019 form 

F-1/J-1 STUDENT VISA PROCEDURES FOR DEPARTING AND RE-ENTERING THE U.S.

  • It is a good idea to take a copy of your IPFW transcripts (student copy is OK) to verify your enrollment.
  • You may request that the Office of International Education prepare a certification letter of your enrollment and visa status.
  • If you will be applying for a new visa you should have the Office of International Education prepare a certification letter for you. 
  • You should also be prepared to provide financial documents verifying your means of support if you are applying for a new visa.
  • · Travel Endorsements are generally good only if issued during the same term of enrollment at IPFW.

BUT:

  • If you are traveling to Canada or Mexico, the travel endorsement on your I-20/DS-2019 should not be dated more than 90 prior to your planned re-entry into the U.S.
  • In many cases, you will need to obtain a visa to enter countries other than the U.S. You should contact the Embassy of the country you plan to visit as far in advance as possible. Please feel free to contact the OIE for more information.
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