Office of the University Registrar

November 3, 2020

I-20 Travel Signature

Travel Signature

Page 2 of your I-20 has four blank lines for travel signatures.

First U.S. Entry

For your initial entry to the U.S., a travel signature is not needed.

Future Entries

After your initial entry, you must obtain a travel signature from ISS before more trips. The signature verifies to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official that you are maintaining your F-1 student status and that you are eligible to apply for reentry to the U.S.

How long does a signature last?

During your studies, a travel signature is valid for multiple entries. You can use it for one year from its issue date.

Image of I-20 travel signature

Travel signature

How to request a travel signature

  1. Enroll for classes full-time
  2. Complete your online New Student Check-In
  3. Bring your I-20 to the ISS front desk
  4. Complete a “drop-off” form. ISS will email you within 10 business days when your signed I-20 is ready for pickup.