REMINDER: Obtaining Travel Signatures on Form I-20/Form DS-2019

REMINDER: Obtaining Travel Signatures on Form I-20/Form DS-2019

*NOTE: You can leave the U.S. without a travel validation signature, but you will need one to re-enter.

Travel validation signatures on the Form I-20 (F visa holders) or Form DS-2019 (J visa holders) are valid for travel for 12 months, or until the end of the program of study, whichever is earlier.

If you plan to travel this fall or winter, please plan to go ahead and request a replacement document as soon as possible. It will take approximately 10 business days for ISO to process your new document with the travel signature.

1. On iMIT, go to F-1 or J-1 Student Services
2. Request Replacement of Form I-20/Form DS-2019 (Reason: Travel Signature)
3. Upload recent (within the last 6 months or less) proof of funding from your MIT department and/or proof of personal, family, or sponsor funding.
4. The ISO will email you your new Form I-20/Form DS-2019 with travel signature once issued.
5. Please print out this new Form and sign (your ‘wet signature’ on the Form is required to enter the U.S.)

*Do NOT pack your Forms I-20/Forms DS-2019 in your checked luggage, it should be carried on your person with your passport and supporting documents.

Find more information on our ISO Visas & Travel webpage.
Know what documents to carry when returning to the U.S. on the ISO Entering the U.S. webpage.

Applying for a new entry visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while abroad? Be sure to also review the ISO Obtaining A Visa webpage.
*NOTE: If applying for a new visa, please be sure to carry and present with your visa application a full copy of your CV/resume.