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I-20/DS-2019 TRAVEL SIGNATURE

 

F-1 student need a valid travel signature on their I-20 forms, and J-1 students need a valid travel signature on their DS-2019 forms in order to return to the U.S. after a temporary leave from the U.S. Review all information below to understand when and how to get a new travel signature, and how an expired travel signature may affect your visa status.

 

STEP 1: Check if Your Travel Signature Has Expired

Before you travel internationally, make sure your I-20/DS-2019 travel signature is still valid!


Enrolled F-1 Students:

  • Check page 2 of your current I-20, and if the travel signature will be more than one year old at the time you plan to return to the U.S., then you need to renew it before returning to the U.S.

F-1 OPT and STEM OPT Extension Students:

  • Check page 2 of your current I-20, and if the travel signature will be more than 6 months old at the time you plan to return to the U.S., then you need to renew it before returning to the U.S.

J-1 Students:

  • Check page 1 of your current DS-2019, and if the travel signature will be more than one year old at the time you plan to return to the U.S., then you need to renew it before returning to the U.S.

STEP 2: Confirm Your Eligibility to Renew Your Travel Signature

You are eligible to renew your travel signature:


You are not eligible to renew your travel signature: 

STEP 3: Submit Your Request for a New Travel Signature I-20/DS-2019

  • Log in to  iportal.ucsd.edu .
  • Go to "Services" tab.
  • Select "Travel Signature I-20/DS-2019 Request".
  • Complete your request.
  • "Submit" your request.

STEP 4: Receive Your New I-20/DS-2019

  • A new I-20/DS-2019 with a new travel signature will be ready in 3 business days.
    • Please note that your new I-20 will be uploaded to your request. Electronic delivery of I-20 forms is now allowed by SEVP (as part of the measures addressing the COVID-19 emergency) for the purposes of entering the U.S., and it is a faster, safer and more health-conscious delivery method than mailing a hard copy.
    • However, you will still need to print, sign, and carry the hard copy when returning to the U.S.
  • You can check the status of your request anytime by logging in to iPortal and clicking on "My Requests" tab.
  • A notification email will be sent to you when your document is ready.
  • Sign your new I-20/DS-2019 when you receive it, and keep your previous I-20/DS-2019 for your records, do NOT throw it away.

Learn More About Traveling Internationally

Visit our main travel page for more information on how to get ready for international travel: itravel.ucsd.edu
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