This information is meant for MIT students and for general informational purposes only. If you are an MIT student and you have further questions about travel information and your visa status, please contact the International Students Office for consultation with an International Student Advisor.
NOTE: Processing times for visas at U.S. Embassies/Consulates abroad have been unpredictable, with extended Administrative Processing (security check procedures). Please check U.S. Embassy/Consulate website for details and have a plan in case your travel plans are delayed due to visa processing times.
REMINDER: If you are traveling to a country other than the U.S., where you are not a Citizen or Permanent Resident/Immigrant of that country, you must verify if you need a visa to enter that country. Please plan ahead and check the Consulate General website for that country for visa requirements and application procedures.
- Information on entering the U.S. in “Visas and Travel” section
- Information on entering the U.S. Borders as a first-time student
- Information for F-1 Students Planning to Travel
- Information for J-1 Students Planning to Travel
- Information you should know if you plan to travel to Canada, Mexico, or the Adjacent Islands
- Obtaining the Form I-94
- MIT Global Support Resources – Travel and Safety Abroad
- Technology Tips for Travelers (MIT IS&T Knowledge Base)
- Travel to Cuba from the U.S. – U.S. Department of Treasury sanction information
- Major Immigration Updates
Requesting a Travel Signature for Form I-20 or Form DS-2019: With the ISO working remotely, it is NOT possible to drop off/pick up your Form I-20 or DS-2019 to request a travel signature. Students will need to request a new Form via iMIT. To request a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 with travel signature:
(1) Login to iMIT
(2) Click on the left-hand menu “(F-1 / J-1) Student Services”
(3) Click on and complete the eform “Request Replacement of Form I-20/DS-2019”, and select request reason “Travel Signature”
(4) Be sure to click “Submit” on the eform once you have completed all fields and document uploads to the eform.
Once your new document is completed, ISO can scan/email you an electronic version that you can print/sign and carry with your previous Forms.
If you are applying for a new visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate while abroad, you should receive the paper original document for your travels.
If you want your new document express mailed, follow the instructions to request a shipping label.
Processing time for a new document is 10 business days.