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International Student Affairs

Travel Signature

Traveling Outside of the United States

A travel signature is required if you will be traveling outside of the U.S. The signature is provided by the International Student Affairs staff on the second page of your original I-20 or the first page of your DS-2019. The signature confirms that you are maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status and will be checked by an immigration official when you re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad.

Your I-20 or DS-2019 can be signed if you are eligible and intend to continue your studies at Hofstra, or are on authorized optional practical training after completion of your coursework or studies. It cannot be endorsed if you have completed your program, but have not yet obtained optional practical training employment authorization.

A travel signature is good for one year or until the program completion date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019. For students on post-completion optional practical training, the signature is only valid for six months. If your current travel signature will expire before you return to the U.S., you must request a new travel signature.

To get a travel signature, you must fill in a Travel Signature Application. You can complete this form in person at the International Student Affairs office or you can fill it in, print it, and bring it with you to speed up the process. Please also remember to bring your original I-20 or DS-2019 with you when you come to the ISA office to submit your application.

You do not need to make an appointment to get a travel signature, simply come to the ISA office during our business hours. Please see our schedule for more information.

For more specific information about traveling outside of the U.S., please visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f2.htm#_Toc81222015