Before an F1 student leaves the United States temporarily and return to continue studies at JSU it is important that the student secures the necessary documents to permit entry to another country and permit re-entry to the United States. Like the United States, other countries have rules and restrictions on who can enter their country. F-1 students who wish to visit their country of citizenship or permanent residence generally will be allowed to enter that country if they hold a valid passport or other travel document issued by that country. For travel into any country other than the home country, students must check with the Embassy of the country they would like to visit to inquire about specific entry procedures.
LIST OF DOCUMENTS FOR REENTRY
In order to reenter the United States after a temporary absence of 5 months or less, an F-1 student should have the following documents:
MAKE SURE YOUR I-20 WILL NOT EXPIRE WHILE YOU ARE OUT OF THE COUNTRY
TRAVEL SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT
A travel signature is issued by your JSU Global ISSS adviser prior to international travel!
HOW TO OBTAIN A TRAVEL SIGNATURE
Bring the following documents with you during walk-in advising hours:
In Jackson, MS area
Outside the Jackson, MS area:
Check your I-20 if you have it with you. The travel signature is on page 3 of your most recent I-20 (or on page 2 of I-20s issued after 6/29/15). You may still have a valid signature. If you do not, follow the steps below: