TRAVELING WITHIN THE UNITED STATES
No special documents are required for international students when traveling within the United States. However, we advise you and/or your dependents to carry your passport and visa documents with you when traveling in the U.S. in case you need to present them to law enforcement officials.
TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES
When traveling outside the United States, we advise you to bring the following documents with you:
- Valid Passport
- Valid F-1 or J-1 Entry Visa stamp
- Valid I-20 or DS-2019
- I-94 printout
- Valid Travel Signature on page 1 of your DS-2019 or page 3 of your I-20
- Documentary Evidence of Funding (i.e. bank statement, letter from sponsor)
- Evidence of full-time enrollment at the University (transcripts and Reduced Course Load forms)
- Offer letter of employment (for those who have OPT or Academic Training Authorization)
- SCHOLARS ONLY: Letter from faculty mentor.
Before traveling outside of the U.S., you will need to have the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office sign your I-20 or DS-2019. This is called your travel/re-entry signature. Students on J-1 visas should note that the travel/re-entry signature on their DS-2019 expires after 6 months. F-1 students should note that the travel signature on their I-20 expires after 12 months. To get a new travel signature, make an appointment with the ISSS office at least one week in advance of traveling outside the United States. Please bring a completed copy of the Travel Signature Form (see link at right) to your appointment with ISSS.
Whenever you re-enter the U.S. from abroad, you will get a new I-94 number. It is important to print out your I-94 record every time you re-enter the U.S. If you cannot find your I-94 or if you notice an error on your I-94, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that the ISSS Office can assist you in working with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to access or correct your I-94 record. For information on how to access your electronic I-94 record, please click on the "I-94 Printout Instructions" on the right-hand side of this webpage.
The following staff members are DSOs (Designated School Officials) and AROs (Alternate Responsible Officers) at UW-Platteville. DSOs and AROs are authorized to give F-1 and J-1 students/scholars travel signatures and make updates and grant other requests/authorizations in SEVIS.
- Elizabeth (Liz) Kruse
- Donna Anderson
- Melanie (Mela) Lewandowski
- Nina Elskamp
- Yunmei (Mei) Reeder
- Rebecca (Becky) Trefz
What is a DSO and PDSO?
What is an ARO and RO?