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Travel Signatures for F-1 Students


What is a Travel Signature?

An endorsement that an F-1 student is eligible to re-enter the United States indicated by their International Student Advisor's signature on p. 2 of your most recently issued I-20 document.


How long is a Travel Signature valid for?

  • Valid to enter the US for 1 year from the date of issue (see exception below)
  • Valid to enter the US for 6 months from the date of issue if you are entering from Canada, Mexico or other bordering territories
  • Valid for 6 months from the date of issue if you are on Post-completion Optional Practical Training
  • Valid for admission to the United States only if presented with a valid F-1 visa and passport

What documents are required for *F-1 students to re-enter the US?

How do I request a travel signature on my I-20?

  • Ensure that you have all the required documents in order to reenter the United States
  • Complete the Travel Signature Request Form
  • Your international student advisor will issue a new I-20 document for you with an updated travel signature and email it to your MassArt email address indicated on the form
  • Please note electronic issued signatures on I-20s are accepted per this guidance