December 2009 ISSS Newsletter

Immigration Corner

Travel Reminder!!
  • If you are planning a trip outside the U.S. over the winter break, be sure all of your immigration documents are in order before you leave Manhattan!
  • Travel outside the U.S. requires a travel signature from ISSS on your I-20 or DS-2019. Plan ahead: bring your I-20 or DS-2019 to our office several days before you leave.
  • Travel inside the U.S. does not require a travel signature from our office on your I-20 or DS-2019. However, you should carry those documents with you when you leave Manhattan. Have your passport and I-20/DS-2019 with you wherever you go.
  • Also, if traveling outside the U.S. be sure your U.S. visa will be valid on the date of your return. If it will not be valid, you must make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country and get another visa so you can reenter the U.S. to resume your program. You can get information on the wait times for appointments at the Consulate at
  • For more information on travel go to  This web address provides translation of this information in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
  • For those of you who had to go through the Special Registration process at the port of entry, be sure that you exit through one of the prescribed airports. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you check out upon exiting the U.S. For more information on Special Registration, go to
  • Safe Travels!