You do not need special documents to travel within the U.S. However, we recommend that you carry your valid passport, most recent valid I-20, and your F-1 visa with you in a safe place.
Is I-20 required for domestic travel?
Your passport is an acceptable ID for TSA security screening purposes (which doesn’t have anything to do with immigration). However, to prepare for the very unlikely case you run into a CBP checkpoint or otherwise get checked by an immigration authority, you should carry your I-20 with you.
Can f1 students travel within us?
Travel Domestically within the U.S.
In general, special permission is not required for F-1 students to travel within the U.S. from state to state, even to Alaska and Hawaii. We recommend that you carry your Washington ID card, passport, I-94 card, and I-20 with you whenever you travel outside Washington State.
Can you travel with an I-20?
When traveling by airplane within the United States you must bring your immigration documents. Your documents are proof of valid immigration status in the United States. If you are traveling outside the U.S. to re-enter you must have: I-20.
Do I need I-20 to leave the US?
A signed I-20/DS-2019 is not required to depart the U.S.; however, international students and scholars who are reentering the U.S. must ensure they have a valid travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019.
What is the five month rule?
The five-month rule refers to the termination of your record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) due to you being away from classes or not in status for five months.
What do international students need to travel within the US?
What you need when traveling in the U.S.
- A valid passport. The passport should be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to the U.S.
- Form I-20 (F visa) or DS-2019 (J visa)
- Print your most recent I-94 which is your arrival/departure record.
Can I go to Puerto Rico with EAD?
You only need a valid ID (driver’s license, military ID or passport) to travel between Continental US to PR. It’s same to travel between states using air via. The EAD is acceptable identification for the TSA for security screening purposes.
Can f1 students enter the US Covid?
At this time, international students must have the following documents in order to travel to the U.S. in F-1 status: Valid I-20 issued by the UW (valid travel signature required if you are returning to the U.S. to continue studies) Valid passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond your expected return to the U.S.
Is traveling to the US Virgin Islands considered international?
Much like Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands – more commonly known as the U.S. Virgin Islands – are a U.S. territory. That means that citizens of the Virgin Islands are also citizens of the United States, and a flight to the Virgin Islands is considered a domestic trip for residents of the United States.
Can I enter US after I-20 start date?
In general, a student cannot arrive more than one week after classes start and must be enrolled full-time for that semester. Students who are not able to enter the U.S. by the program start date on the I-20 or DS-2019 must contact their academic department to request a late-arrival permission letter.
What happens if your I-20 expires?
If your I-20 validity period expires, you must do one of the following: Transfer into a different school within 60 days from your current program ending date. Leave the United States within 60 days from your current program ending date. Have the I-20 renewed at the current school (this may or may not be possible)
What do you do if your I-20 is about to expire and you need more time to study?
If you need extra time to complete your program of study, you must request an extension of your I-20 or DS-2019 at least 1 month before the document expires. We recommend that you start this process as early as six months before your program end date on your I-20/DS-2019.