Travel Signatures

What is a Travel Signature?

  • It is the signature a DSO issues you after you enter the U.S. to begin your F-1 status.
  • The signature confirms that you have valid F-1 status.
  • You must have a valid travel signature on your I-20 to return to the U.S. after you travel abroad.
  • Each signature is valid for one year. (F-1 students on OPT: the travel signature is valid for six months).
  • The travel signature is required for returning to the U.S. It is not required for leaving the U.S.
  • If your current travel signature will expire before you will return to the U.S., you must request an updated travel signature.
  • The travel signature is on page 2 of your I-20.

Travel Signature Eligibility

  • Have a valid I-20 issued by one of the DSOs or PDSO (Malik Stewart; Nichole Matuska; Alex Schleper; Patricia Weishaar).
  • Meet immigration requirements of maintaining a full course of study.