All students who plan to travel outside the US must request a travel endorsement signature from ISSS office. Request travel endorsements at least 3 weeks before your planned departure from the US. Be sure to clear your student account balance before requesting a travel endorsement.
If you are a student holding an F-1 or J-1 visa and you plan to travel outside the United States or to your home country, in order to be readmitted to the US you need to present to the Immigration Officer, at the port of entry, the following documents:
If you have been approved for a change to F-1 or J-1 status though a USCIS application while in the United States, you must apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa before you can reenter the country.
If you have married to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, or have been included in a petition for permanent residency (I-485), please consult with ISSS before you finalize plans for your trip.
If you are on OPT or awaiting a decision on an OPT application, please consult with ISSS before you finalize plans for your trip.
F-1 and J-1 students from most countries, who plan to travel to Canada, Mexico or adjacent Islands (Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Miquelon, St. Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward and Leeward Islands) a less than 30 days, can travel with an expired visa. You may however be required to apply for a visa to enter these countries.
In order to be readmitted to the US you need to present to the Immigration Officer, at the port of entry, the following documents:
For more information about Automatic Revalidation see the US Department of State website regarding Automatic Revalidation as well as the Custom & Border Protection Fact sheet:
Automatic Revalidation does not apply under the following circumstances:
Whether traveling by sea, land or air, if your information cannot be automatically verified by the inspector or you do not have all the required documentation, you may be directed to an interview area known as “secondary inspection.” Secondary inspection allows inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify information. Verifications are done apart from the primary inspection lines so that an individual case will not cause delays for other arriving passengers.
In the case your admission/participation needs to be verified, we strongly advise that you have readily available the name and phone number of our UIW International Student Office, 210.805.5705. In the event you arrive during non-business hours (evenings, weekends, holidays), your phone call will be forwarded to the UIW Campus Police, they will then contact our office. Failure to provide proper documentation and to comply with entry/exit procedures is cause to refuse the student or exchange visitor admission into the United States. In limited circumstances, if a student or exchange visitor is mostly, but no fully in compliance, he/she may be issued a Form I-515A “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor”. This form authorizes temporary admission into the United States and requires the student or exchange visitor to immediately bring the Form I-515A and all of your immigration documents to UIW International Student Office. Noncompliance with the directions contained on this forms may result in denied re-entry.