TRAVEL OUTSIDE AND REENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES
Travel Under SEVIS for Current Students
What documents do you need to bring with you when travelling:
- A valid passport;
- A valid I-20, travel letter, and other recommended documents (see information in the "Student's Responsibilities" section below);
- A visa: Some countries require a visa for entry. For example:
- You go to the International Student Programs (ISP) office and get a signature on page 3 of your SEVIS I-20 at least 3 days before you leave.
- You MUST meet with an ISP advisor if you need to apply for a new visa.
- It is advisabe to carry these supporting documents with you:
class schedule, BC official transcript, financial documents, and an enrollment verification letter from the ISP office.
- If you have an interview at the U.S. Embassy, be prepared to convince the visa officer that you intend to return to your home country after you complete your studies.
- Signing your SEVIS I-20 and letter when all required documents are submitted;
Re-entry the U.S. from Canada and Mexico with an expired visa
F-1 students with an expired visa in their passport
may continue to re-enter the US from Canada or Mexico as long as they meet the following criteria:
- Passport and current SEVIS I-20 are still valid.
- You remain in Canada or Mexico for no more than 30 days, and
you do not leave Canada or Mexico during those 30 days.
- You have not applied for a new US visa while in Canada or Mexico and had that application denied.
- You are not from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, North Korea, or Cuba.
- Your home country is not Mexico.
Additional Travel Reentry Tips for Current Students
"I like being able to meet people from other countries. I think this is a good environment to learn in because the teachers make me feel very comfortable in class."