F-1, J-1 students, J-1 Research Scholars/Professors and all dependents that plan to travel outside of the United States and return to Kansas State University must bring their I-20 or DS-2019 to the International Student and Scholar Services office so it can be signed for re-entry into the U.S. This should be done 2 to 3 weeks prior to traveling. Note that if your DS-2019 was not issued by K-State, you will need to contact your program sponsor for this signature. If you are traveling within the U.S., you do not need to have your documents signed for travel but you are required to carry your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 with you at all times. F-1 and J-1 students must complete the Travel Signature Request Form and submit along with your original I-20/DS-2019.
CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) now gathers travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry. If you were issued a paper form, upon exiting the U.S. the traveler should surrender the I-94 to the commercial carrier or to CBP upon departure. See the following link for more information regarding the I-94 https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/i-94-instructions.
You should keep your passport valid for 6 months into the future. If you notice that the expiration date on your passport is approaching, go to the Department of State's website at for a listing of foreign consular offices in the U.S. You may need to send your passport to your consulate in order to renew it. When sending your passport through the mail, it is a good idea to send it by certified mail or by a courier service, such as FedEx or DHL, which will allow you to track your passport. Also be sure to keep your receipt so that you can prove that the passport was sent for renewal.
The visa stamp that is in your passport can expire while you are in the United States. The visa stamp is used only for entry into the U.S. If you leave the U.S. and plan to return but your visa stamp has expired or you have changed your nonimmigrant status while inside the U.S., you will need to get a new visa before reentering the U.S. Please note that visa stamps can only be issued outside of the United States. For more information on U.S. visas, visit the U.S. Department of State's webpage.
For tips on applying for a visa, visit NAFSA: Association of International Educators web site, "10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa."
To find additional information regarding traveling, please read the following documents:
Traveling Tips for International Students