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In order to reenter the U.S. after traveling abroad, you need the following documents:
- Most recent I-20 with a current signature by the Global Education Staff
- See Travel Signature Information
- Valid passport – valid for at least six months from your date of return to the U.S.
- Can be renewed at your embassy/consulate in the U.S. or in your home country
- Unexpired F-1 visa in your passport
- See Renewing your Student Visa if your visa has expired
- I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
- Proof of financial support which is sometimes requested at the port-of-entry
- Proof of registration for current or upcoming semester
- Can be printed from My.Wctc.edu
- If you are on OPT, you must also carry your EAD (OPT) card and proof of employment such as an employment letter or pay stub
- Make sure that your most recent I-20 has a travel signature that is less than 1 year old (6 months if you are currently on OPT).
- The travel signature can be found on page 2 of the I-20 form
- Look for a signature and date in blue pen; if the travel signature section is blank, you do not have a valid signature and must request one.
- The signature is valid for 1 year from that date (6 months if you are on OPT). Take note of the date and request a new signature if the current one will expire before your reentry.
- If you need a travel signature, please bring your I-20 to Global Education (C-018) or make an appointment for same day signatures (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Renewing your student visa