Travel Outside U.S.

If you plan to travel outside the U.S. and return in F-1 status, you must have the following documents upon re-entry:

  • Valid F-1 visa.
  • Valid passport with an expiration date that is at least six months beyond the date you want to re-enter the U.S.
  • Valid travel endorsement signature on page 2 of the I-20. Travel endorsement signature is valid for one year form the date of signature.
  • For OPT students, the above documents plus the OPT EAD and proof of employment.

Visa renewal

In order to enter the U.S. you must have a valid, unexpired F-1 visa in your passport. Once inside the U.S., maintenance of the I-20 and F-1 visa status takes over. If you are an F-1 student and complying with the regulations to maintain your visa status, you are eligible to remain in the U.S. until you reach the end date on your I-20 or until the end of your academic program, whichever comes first. The expiration of the visa in your passport has no effect. Once you leave the U.S., however, you will need a valid, unexpired visa to return.

Study Abroad

ACC’s International Programs Office works with international students interested in Study Abroad classes. Speak with an International Programs representative who will provide a list of required documents and procedures. Keep in mind that you may require a visa to study abroad in a different country. Most countries require you to have a valid F-1 visa in your passport before they will issue you a visa to visit their country to study abroad