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Students: Prepare for Spring Break Travel with These Tips

February 29, 2024

As an international student in the United States, you may be able to travel during your time of study. If you’re planning to travel outside of the country for spring break, make sure you take the appropriate steps before you travel to help ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel process.

Before You Travel:

Upon Returning:

  • When returning to the United States, be sure to keep your passport, student visa, and Form I-20 in your carry-on bag and not in your checked luggage. When you arrive at a U.S. port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will meet with you for inspections and may ask you for these documents.
  • The CBP officer could issue you a Form I-515A, “Notice to Student of Exchange Visitor,” which allows you to enter the United States for up to 30 days while you obtain and submit the required documentation to the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).
  • Notify your DSO right away if you receive a Form I-515A. If you do not respond to a Form I-515A within 30 days, it could negatively affect your F or M status and you may be required to leave the United States.

For case-specific questions regarding travel, talk to your DSO or call the SEVP Response Center.

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