The Center for International Education Office
would like to advise all F-1 students to plan ahead and make sure they have
their required travel documents prior to any upcoming travel. Before traveling outside of the United States students
should review their immigration documents to verify if their Passport, F-1
Visa, and I-20, with travel signature, are valid. Students can schedule an
appointment to meet with a DSO prior to travel to discuss visa renewal and to
have their immigration documents reviewed.
planning to travel outside of the United States are required to obtain a travel
signature on page 3 of their I-20 prior to leaving the United States. A travel
signature can be provided by a Designated School Official, DSO, in the CIE
Office and is valid for 12 months from the date of signature.
Documents Needed For Travel
will need to present the following items to reenter the United States at a port
I-20 (with valid travel
Valid F-1 Visa (See Note
Students may need to show evidence of sufficient funding for academic and
Current Class Schedule-
Students may access their class schedule by using Student Online Services at www.southseattle.edu
Students on OPT should also
carry their Employment Authorization Document and a letter from their employer
Note: Students can travel
to Canada, Mexico or the adjacent islands for less than 30 days with an expired
visa and may re-enter the United States on the Automatic Visa Revalidation
program. Students from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Cuba, Sudan, and North Korea
are not eligible for automatic visa revalidation. Please see an advisor in the CIE Office for additional information.
Travel to Canada
Canada may require a Canadian Visa depending on the nationality of the student.
Citizens from countries listed on the following website will need to apply for
a Temporary Resident Visa prior to travel to Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp#exemptions
Update: As of June 1, 2012 the Canadian Consulate General of
Seattle will no longer accept walk-in applications for tourist visa. Students
that require a Tourist Visa to travel to Canada will need to apply by mail to
the Canadian Consulate General of Seattle. Processing time for tourist visas
will be 6 weeks (2 months) and there is no expedited service. For
additional information please visit the following website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/seattle/
Travel Inside the United States
are advised to carry their passport along with their I-20 (with valid travel
signature) and I-94 card when traveling inside the United States. These
documents may be required when traveling by plane, car, train, bus or ferry to
prove lawful status in the U.S.