What is I-20 travel signature?

What is I-20 travel signature?

Travel Signature Requirement You must have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 to return to the U.S. after travel abroad. Each signature is valid for one year. A travel signature is issued by your ISS adviser to confirm you are maintaining your F-1 or J-1 student status.

What happens if I don’t have a travel signature?

If you do not have a valid travel signature, you will likely be issued a Form I-515A by the U.S. Port-of-Entry officer. Since this is a temporary stay document that only allows 30 days stay in the U.S., it is very important that you contact OIS immediately upon arrival to fix your status to F-1 or J-1 D/S.

How can you request a travel signature?


  1. STEP 1: Check if Your Travel Signature Has Expired.
  2. STEP 2: Confirm Your Eligibility to Renew Your Travel Signature.
  3. STEP 3: Submit Your Request for a New Travel Signature I-20/DS-2019.
  4. STEP 4: Receive Your New I-20/DS-2019.

Can I-20 be signed electronically?

Due to COVID-19, designated school officials (DSOs) can electronically send signed Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” to students via email addresses listed in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) instead of physically mailing forms.

Should I-20 be signed by student?

A. Federal regulations require that, upon admission to an SEVP-certified school, a DSO provide an accepted student with a Form I-20 containing the DSO’s actual signature. Upon receipt, the student must also sign the Form I-20.

Can I enter the US with an electronic copy of a signed I-20?

Yes, the electronic copy of the signed I-20 WILL be accepted for visa appointments, you can print the signed I-20 copy out to carry with you to your visa appointment. You can also use it to enter the US.

Is electronic I-20 acceptable for visa interview?

Is printed I-20 valid?

If you receive an electronically signed I-20, you must print out the I-20 and carry a physical copy when using it for travel or other official purposes. As always- be sure to keep all old I-20s for your records, but use the newest version for travel or other purposes.

Do we need I-20 hard copy?

The I-20 is an important part of the visa application process. Its original copy can be requested by the Visa Officers at the consulate during the visa interview. This form consists of the information related to the finances and cost of the program and how the student plans to pay it.