With spring break near, many international students are excited for time off from coursework, and possibly a chance to leave campus to travel. In order to travel outside of the the U.S., you will need a current travel signature on page 2 or 3 of your I-20 (received within the last 12 months). Also, we recommend that you carry an unofficial transcript or copy of your current course schedule as proof that you are currently enrolled and maintaining status. If you believe you do not have proper travel documents, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-297-3049.
Please be reminded about the following rules during spring break travel:
1. While traveling, you should keep important documents with you and not in a checked suitcase. Important documents include:
- A signed Form I-20 - make sure you bring your I-20 for signature to the ISSS office min 3-5 days before you travel to allow processing
- A current passport, valid for at least six months to the future;
- A valid student visa;
- Proof of financial support; and
- It is recommended that you bring proof of enrollment (transcripts, letter from the Registrar)
2. If you are traveling outside the United States to a place that is not your home country, you should know that country’s visa requirements and plan accordingly. Please contact that country’s embassy or consulate for the necessary information.
3. If you (and/or your dependents) are traveling to Canada, Mexico or an adjacent island for less than 30 days on an expired visa, you may be permitted to re-enter the United States under the automatic visa revalidation.
One final important reminder for students is to have fun and stay safe during spring break!
Travel and Re-entry
If you are an international student/scholar planning to travel abroad during the break, please review this updated travel information advisory: http://www.fau.edu/isss/current/Travel_reentry.php
I-94 Automation Procedure:
Paper I-94 cards are no longer issued at airports upon arrival in the U.S. Your arrival/departure records are now electronically maintained. Upon returning from an international trip, go to www.cbp.gov/I94 to print a copy of your I-94 record.
Please check your MyFAU screen and update the SEVIS local and SEVIS foreign addresses if necessary. Also, fill out the Change of Address Form and submit to ISSS in person or via email (email@example.com). You must update your address within 10 days from the date you move.