An F1/J1 student planning to travel outside the U.S. whose I-20 has not been endorsed for travel within the past 12 months must submit his or her original I-20/DS-2019 to OISS for travel endorsement along with the Student Request for Travel Signature Form. If your F2/J2 dependents are traveling with you, you should also submit their original I-20s/DS-2019s. The travel endorsement indicates that OISS certifies you are maintaining legal status upon traveling and you are expected to come back to continue studies or research.
* Please submit your travel request at least one week before your travel date as OISS staff will have to review your school and immigration records.
Always check with OISS before you travel to make sure your visa status is currently valid and will remain so until you return through the port of entry.
ELI Students: You will need to fill out a Leave Request Form for ELI before submitting your Travel Request to OISS. This form is due on Wednesday of week 5 every session. Students who do not submit this form on-time are not guaranteed permission to travel. http://sites.udel.edu/csp/important/vac-travel/travelform/
If you have any questions or concerns regarding travel and reentry in to the U.S., please contact the OISS for more information.
Use your passport and the enclosed SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 form and schedule your visa appointment. Take all the previously mentioned documents along with your original admission letter, SEVIS fee receipt, and financial documentation (ex: Stipend letter from the department, financial support letter, sponsorship letter, current bank statement) to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country to apply for your visa. The following website provides links to all U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide: https://www.usembassy.gov/.
Please be advised that the Department of State has added a social media question to Form DS-160, which requires applicants to indicate the social media platforms that they have used during the five years preceding their visa application. Consular officers are likely to review the information during the visa process, which may result in additional screening and visa issuance delays. For more information, see the Department of State FAQ on Social Media Identifiers in the DS-160 and DS-260.
Once approved, the visa is stamped in your passport. Canadian citizens are exempt from having to obtain a visa but must use their I-20s or DS-2019s to enter the U.S. and must obtain a Form I-94 clearly indicating J-1 or F-1 status.
You are permitted to enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start date noted on your I-20 or DS-2019 form. You are required to report to and attend the school designated on your visa stamp and I-20 or DS-2019 form.
Please note: You should have U.S. currency available for travel expenses and any emergency that might occur between arrival at port of entry and arrival in Newark, Delaware.
Many students wish to bring their husbands, wives, or children to the USA. Usually, the best way to bring them to the USA is by using an F-2/J-2 visa. The F-2/J-2 visa is a “dependent” visa to bring family members to the USA who will be dependent on the F-1/J-1 visa holder.
Depending on the embassy/consulate abroad, foreign nationals should anticipate up to one week's processing time for a visa. Visa wait times for interview appointments and visa processing time information for each U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide are available at the Department of State website.
The foreign national must pay the SEVIS fee before applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa.
In order for the foreign national (and family members) to apply for an F visa, the following documents must be submitted available for inspection at the closest U.S. embassy/consulate to the place of residence:
In order for the foreign national (and family members) to apply for an J visa, the following documents must be submitted available for inspection at the closest U.S. embassy/consulate to the place of residence: