Missed Travel Endorsements
If you forgot to bring in your I-20 or DS-2019 for a travel endorsement before leaving the U.S., please read below for your options.
IMPORTANT: If you require a travel signature on your document to re-enter the US, please submit a Replace/Reprint I-20 request via iStart and select 'travel' as the reason. ISSS has been granted temporary permission from SEVP to send F-1 documents electronically and will send a signed I-20 via e-mail during this time. DS-2019s must still be signed in ink and mailed, so we will work with J-1 students to send these documents by post.
- Where is the travel endorsement located on my document?
- Questions to help determine eligibility to receive a travel endorsement
- How do I request a reprint of my document?
- Can ISSS mail my new I-20/DS-2019 to me?
- What if I don't have enough time to get a reprinted document?
- Planning Ahead
- I-20: Last section of page 2
- DS-2019: Bottom, right-hand box on page 1
Each travel endorsement is valid for up to 12 months (6 months for F-1 OPT). You may use your current I-20 or DS-2019 if the endorsement is less than 12 months old when you re-enter and the information on page one remains the same.
Your passport must be valid on the date you enter the U.S. F-1 and J-1 students whose country is not on the passport agreement list must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry.
If not, you will need to apply for a new I-20 or DS-2019. If the change in your program of study is effective in a future semester, then you may use your current I-20 or DS-2019 as long as it has a valid travel signature.
If your travel endorsement is outdated, or you forgot to pick-up your I-20 or DS-2019 at ISSS, you should request a reprinted document following the instructions below.
In order for ISSS to reprint your I-20 or DS-2019 for travel purposes, please fill out the appropriate application below. Please remember to include a return mailing address in your application or purchase a shipping label. If you need a travel signature, please choose "travel" as the reason for the reprint request. If you lost your I-20 or DS-2019, please choose "lost" as the reason.
Download the instructions for using a reprinted e-form.
Please see note "IMPORTANT" above - some mailing services have been suspended at this time.
If you would like your document shipped to you, please review Mailing Options. You can indicate your mailing preference in the e-form.
If your travel plans do not allow enough time for us to ship a new document to you, then you must either change your anticipated return date, or travel without a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. If you choose the latter option, it is most likely that the Customs and Border Protection officer at Port of Entry will issue you an I-515 form. This form will allow you temporary admittance to the U.S. for a period of 30 days. During this 30-day period you must visit ISSS, receive an updated travel signature, then submit the I-515 form to the address provided on the I-515. You will then be allowed to remain in the U.S. as normal. Please note however that receiving an I-515 is at the discretion of the CBP officer and cannot be guaranteed by ISSS. On rare occasions you may be denied entry to the US, and you should be aware of this risk before travelling.
In the future, we strongly recommend that you bring your document to our office as early as possible before traveling. You are welcome to drop off your document at our office any time during the year, and pick it up the next business afternoon.
We also have "Express Endorsements" throughout the year, normally at the end of each semester. During these times, an ISSS advisor will sign your document for you immediately. Please check your e-mail or our website for exact dates and times.