Section: ISSS


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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.


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.

I-94 Record

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 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.


Need a Travel Signature?

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?

At schools authorized to receive international students, one or more Designated School Officials (DSOs) are chosen by the school as official representatives to the U.S. government and authorized by the U.S. government to issue F-1 class non-immigrant student visa-related documents. Each government-approved school must choose one Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) who will be responsible for all the DSOs at the school, who will maintain the official government records for international students, and who is authorized to make changes in the DSO team.

What is an ARO and RO?

Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs) and the Responsible Officer (RO) are authorized by the U.S. government to issue J-1 visa-related documents to J-1 exchange visitors, provide pre-arrival and orientation information to J-1 participants, oversee the general activities of the participants, communicate with the U.S. Department of State, and maintain the SEVIS records of J-1 program participants. Each government approved school must choose on RO who will be responsible for all of the AROs and administer the program according to the regulations and to represent the sponsor to the U.S. government.

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