Travel inside the U.S.

  • F-1 and J-1 students and visiting scholars traveling within the United States must have the following documents with them:
  • Valid passport
    • Valid I-20 or DS-2019
    • Verification of Enrollment (suggested, but not required)
  • If you travel while your OPT is pending, be sure to carry your OPT application receipt.

Travel outside the U.S.

  • F-1 students and all dependents who plan to travel outside of the United States and return to Dickinson State University must bring your most updated I-20 or DS-2019 to the Office of International Programs and get a signature for re- entry into the U.S.. Remember to allow a 48-hour processing time.
  • F-1 and J-1 students and visiting scholars who leave the United States must have the following documents with them to ensure their re-entry:
  • Valid passport
    • Valid U.S. visa stamp (except for Canadian citizens)
    • Valid I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel
    • Verification of Enrollment (suggested, but not required)
  • If the visa stamp in your passport has expired you will need to have your I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel and obtain a “good standing letter” from the Office of International Programs in order to apply for a re-entry visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
  • When traveling to a country other than your home country, be sure to confirm if you will need a visitor’s visa to enter that country. Plan ahead as these often take a month or more to process.
  • It is not recommended to travel outside of the U.S. while your OPT application is pending.