If you are in F or J status and plan to travel outside the U.S., you may need to stop by OIS to request a travel signature before you depart. In order to be readmitted in F-1 or J-1 status, you must possess a valid travel signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 at the time of your re-entry to the US.

STUDENTS: Forms I-20 are signed during Student In-Person Check-In and also when an updated I-20 is issued. If students need a travel signature, please visit OIS during Student Walk-In Hours or during Travel Signature Week.

SCHOLARS: DS-2019s are signed during Scholar Check-In, and with each subsequent extension. If scholars need a travel signature, please make an appointment with an immigration specialist.

H-1b Visa Holders: You should follow the directions indicated on your H-1b Approval Memo, or email ois@pitt.edu if you have any questions.

If you have questions or concerns about traveling, you are always welcome to email OIS or to schedule an appointment with an Immigration Specialist. Students are also invited to discuss questions or concerns during Student Walk-In Hours.

Upon return to the University from international travel, please provide OIS a copy of your new I-94 information (download via CBP Admission (I-94) Number Retrieval Website), new entry visa, and new passport, as appropriate. You can update this information via the Update Immigration Documents e-form found under “Biographic Information” in My OIS.

As always, you should also be aware of important immigration and security regulations to ensure that you can leave and re-enter the U.S. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection may review information and documentation of international visitors at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad or at U.S. Ports of Entry.

The following pages provide detailed information to prepare you before you leave the U.S.:

Important travel information Provides detailed information on travel and re-entry to the U.S.
Automatic Revalidation of Visas Information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection on automatic revalidation of visas for travel to contiguous territory (and adjacent islands for F and J nonimmigrants).
What to Expect at a Port of Entry with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Provides important information on what to expect when arriving at a U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Arrival Procedures for Students or Exchange Visitors Provides important information on what to expect when arriving at a U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Electronic I-94 Admission Number Retrieval Provides access to the Admission Number assigned at a U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Department of State list of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide Provides an official listing of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.
U.S. Department of State visa wait times Provides the latest information on U.S. Department of State visa wait times.
10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa Advice from NAFSA: Association of International Educators on applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.