International Student Services

May 26, 2020

Request an Updated Travel Signature

If you are planning to travel outside the U.S. in the coming months, make sure you have an updated travel signature. Do not wait. Allow up to 10 business days for processing. Processing may take longer during peak times so plan ahead.

Things to consider before requesting a travel signature:

  1. Review the ISS Coronavirus Information for F1 & J1 students. Understand current travel restrictions to/from your destination, be prepared, understand the risks, and be advised you may not be able to return to the U.S. for an unknown period of time.
  2. Review Travel and Visas information on our website. Be prepared to present all necessary documents to the Customs and Border Protection officer when you return to the U.S. If you will require a new visa, be aware visa processing at U.S. consulates around the world is currently suspended. Check for updates at local U.S. embassies and consulates in your region.
  3. Check your travel signature expiration date on page 2 of your current I-20. Travel signatures are valid for one year as long as you will be a continuing student and will register for autumn 2020.
  4. If your travel signature is expired or you do not have a travel signature yet, complete our Online Travel Signature process. Allow up to 10 business days for processing, although it may take longer during peak times due to the volume of requests. Once processed, you will receive a digital I-20 with an e-signature sent to your official UW email account.

Students Graduating Spring Quarter 2020:

If spring quarter 2020 is your final quarter of study at UW, and you do not have a pending or approved OPT application, your UW I-20 and F-1 visa are not valid for reentry to the U.S. after June 12, 2020. Review the Grace Period and Travel section on our website for more information.

Students who apply for OPT:

The travel rules after graduation for OPT applicants depend on several factors: the status of your OPT application and whether you have a job/training offer. International travel with a pending OPT application is not advisable. For more information, please see the Travel and OPT guidelines.