When Traveling You Must Have:
1. Current I-20/DS-2019 form
Before leaving the U.S. the most current I-20/DS-2019 will need to be endorsed for travel and re-entry by a Designated School Official. Travel Endorsement is located on page two of I-20 (first page on DS-2019) and is valid for one calendar year, or until the completion of your degree, whichever comes first. Travel Endorsement for students on OPT is valid for six months, or until the end date of their OPT, whichever comes first. ISSS will have the endorsement ready within 3 business days, if there are no complications. However, we suggest you submit the request 2 weeks prior to travel in case a new I-20 is needed.
2. Valid Passport
For at least six months into the future at the time of re-entry.
3. Valid U.S. Visa stamp
There are some exceptions for students who are traveling to Canada or Mexico, for less than 30 days. Please see the Automatic Extension of Visa Validity form for more information.
4. EAD card, if on Post/STEM Extension OPT and Employment Letter
If applying for a visa, it is RECOMMENDED to have:
- Financial Support Documents
Financial support documents accurately reflect the amount on the I-20 document, and be less than six months old.
- Status Verification Letter
Can apply for letter in Letter Requests, processing times are 5 business days.
- SMU Transcript
The transcript can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
Please be sure to check consulate website for any additional requirements and for procedures http://usembassy.state.gov
Note: Students on academic probation, who’ve been suspended while outside of the U.S. will not be eligible to return to SMU and any I-20 will be not be valid.
Travel Endorsement Request Form
Automatic Extension of Visa Validity