IF YOU ARE TRAVELING OUT OF THE U.S. (OVER BREAKS or ARE STUDYING OUT OF THE U.S. FOR FIELD STUDY/EXCHANGE)
Please make sure that all your documents are in proper order to avoid any complications when re-entering the U.S. Please review the following information to learn more.
When the immigration officials check your documents and stamp forms at the U.S. port of entry, make sure they return all forms to you and accurately stamp/write on your PASSPORT: F-1 until "D/S" and not another visa category/date.
The customs officer will stamp your passport and provide you with instructions on how to access an electronic I-94. See more info below under "Travel Documentation Updates"
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24 hours: Hampshire Campus Safety at 413.559.5424.
Your I-20 must be signed by a designated school official at Hampshire College (International Student Services) within one year (six months for students on OPT) of re-entry into the U.S. to be valid. The signature page is page 2 of your most current I-20. Please do not wait until the last minute to request a travel signature. Drop your I-20 off in the office mailbox or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop off time.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) have advised that all passports should be valid at least six (6) months into the future when traveling. If you need to extend your current passport, or obtain a new passport, please contact your embassy or consulate in the U.S. immediately to confirm the processing time and procedures.
If your entry visa stamp in your passport has expired (or will expire while you are out of the U.S.), you will need to apply for a new entry visa stamp at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad prior to your re-entry. Processing times may be longer than your initial experience at the U.S. embassy. It will be most helpful to contact the embassy or consulate now to confirm what documents are needed, to confirm if an appointment is necessary, how to schedule the interview appointment, and how long it will take to obtain your new entry visa stamp. The U.S. Department of State maintains a listing of links to U.S. embassies/consulates worldwide here: http://www.usembassy.gov/. Please note that the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have advised that airlines may not allow passengers to board their plane back to the U.S. if they do not have a current and valid entry visa stamp along with the corresponding SEVIS visa document. It is therefore essential to make sure that you plan for enough time abroad to obtain your entry visa stamp prior to your return to the U.S. Visa holders are not able to obtain new entry visa stamps from within the U.S.; one must apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate while abroad.
Plan ahead and expect delays; processing times may be longer than your initial experience at the U.S. embassy. Consult individual embassy websites for periodic updates on country-specific visa processing. For a list of U.S. embassies/consulates worldwide look here: http://www.usembassy.gov/.
*You will need additional materials depending on the U.S. embassy/consulate, for the visa interview, so make sure that you check the visa application guidelines and application on the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will apply: http://www.usembassy.gov/.
If you will be traveling to a country outside the U.S., other than your home country, whether it be for study or for an airport layover, it will be important to confirm if you will need to obtain a visa to enter/stop over.
Important info for travel to a country other than your own (vacation, study, layover, etc.):
You must confirm with the country's local embassy or consulate of that country located in the U.S. whether or not you will need to obtain a visa to enter/stop over. To verify if a visa is required, and to obtain application information, contact their embassy/consulate located in the U.S. directly.
Be sure to contact the consulate well in advance of your planned travel, as some consulates require mail-in procedures that can take some weeks to process.
We strongly recommend that you carry ALL of the F-1 documents listed above, regardless of where you will travel.