Spring Break Travel Reminder

If you are traveling outside the United States during Spring Break, please check immediately to make sure you are prepared with the necessary documents for travel! When you travel you should carry with you (on person, not in checked luggage):

  • Valid Passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)
  • Valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp
  • Most recent I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel within 6 months of your return date.(Check for the signature on the 2nd page of your I-20 or the box in the lower right-hand corner of the DS-2019)
  • It is also recommended that you carry with you your funding documentation and proof of enrollment at NC State.
  • Students on OPT need to carry the EAD card and job offer letter in addition to the documents listed above.

If you need a new travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, please bring your document IMMEDIATELY to the OIS front desk along with the travel endorsement request form (and proof of insurance for J-1 visa holders).   We will make every effort to accommodate your travel request this week, but we cannot do same day signatures, so please plan ahead.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR DOMESTIC TRAVELLERS: Although you will not pass through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during domestic travel, and your visa needn’t be valid, it is recommended that you still carry your passport and I-20 or DS-2019, and a copy of your I-94 card with you during domestic travel. However, you do not need a current travel signature for domestic travel.

There have been reports that CBP and airport security have been very strict, and travelers should be prepared to encounter delays upon re-entering the U.S.   Please make sure that all of your documents are in order to minimize the possibility of any confusion, delay, or anxieties.  If you experience a problem re-entering the U.S., please have the Customs and Border Protection officer to call OIS to speak to a DSO at 919-515-2691.  If it is after business hours or on the weekend, please have them call NC State Campus Police at 919-515-3000.  Campus Police will call the OIS staff person on duty.

Finally, the Associated Press and other sources have suggested that the Trump Administration may release an updated Executive Order the week of February 27, 2017.  Any new Executive Order(s) may seek to restrict entry to the U.S. and/or visa applications for nationals of certain countries. Prior to and during your travels, please follow updates using reliable sources (such as the NAFSA Resource Page).  OIS will also alert students directly impacted via email.

As always, talk to your OIS advisor if you have specific questions or concerns regarding travel.  Have a safe and happy trip!


The OIS Staff