Travel Endorsement Request Form
Disclosure and Alert
Currently IAU recommends minimizing international travel due to the rapidly-changing nature of U.S. immigration policy. IAU acknowledges that the change in administration may raise many questions and concerns for our students and their dependent(s). IAU urges students to be well prepared and adhere to the regulations including not limited to carrying proper travel documents and maintain status.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) determines at the Port of Entry (POE) whether to admit non-immigrants into the United States. The facts and circumstances presented at the time students apply to enter are the basis of this decision. IAU cannot guarantee that CBP will admit or re-admit students into the United States.
IAU has experienced that some students have had difficulties re-entering the U.S. and have sometimes been denied at the port of entry (POE), have been subject to "Secondary Inspection", and sent back to their countries for failure to demonstrate their maintenance of status in the U.S.
Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban. In Proclamation 9983 of January 31, 2020, the Trump administration expanded its travel ban to place visa and entry restrictions on travelers from six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The new ban (Travel Ban 4.0) becomes effective at 12:01 eastern standard time on February 21, 2020. Travel Ban 4.0 contains restrictions on immigrants but not on nonimmigrants, so Travel Ban 4.0 will not impact acquisition of nonimmigrant visas like F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, H-1B worker, etc., or of admission to the United States in those categories. Meanwhile, Travel Ban 3.0 continues in effect on certain citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
The Travel Ban 3.0 and 4.0 restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country.
Travel Ban 4.0 countries effective February 21, 2020
Travel Ban 3.0 Countries
Students should consult with a Designated School Official (DSO) prior to travelling outside. Student are advised to travel during Summer term or defined breaks as outlined in the Academic Calendar
This section of the applies to continuing F-1 students who wish to travel outside the United States for five months or less.
1. Students are NOT permitted to travel outside U.S. during mandatory enrollment terms (Spring and Fall) while the classes are in session.
2. Under emergency circumstances, students may be permitted to travel outside U.S. up to 14 days during mandatory enrollment terms. Visa renewal, wedding, vacation, OR business trip do not constitute as emergency.
3. If you are in a post-completion grace period, and you depart the U.S for any reason, such as a cruise, the grace period automatically ends. You cannot re-enter the U.S.
4. If you will be outside the U.S. more than 5 months, your I-20 will automatically expire, regardless of the travel signature date.
5. If you arrive back in the U.S. without your I-20, you will not be allowed immediate entry. You will go to secondary inspection (a waiting area for further questioning that can take several hours), or possibly refused entry to the U.S.
6. Canadians must carry a valid passport, I-20 and a NEXUS card (if applicable) to enter the U.S. If you do not present your I-20, you will be admitted as a tourist in the B Visa category, which does not allow study in the U.S.
7. The American Civil Liberties Union publishes a helpful pamphlet called “Know Your Rights,” which contains information about your rights in case you come into contact with law enforcement at the airport or other ports of entry to the U.S. IAU encourages you to review this information, especially before international travel into the U.S. It contains useful questions and answers, and a list of other resources and referral contacts should you ever need them.
8. In certain situations, students are considered to have abandoned any petitions filed with USCIS if students leave the
country while they are pending for a decision.
9. Student are advised to carry travel documents in their carry-on. DO NOT carry travel documents in your luggage.
Travel and Re-entry: F Status
IAU recommends to F-1 students to make informed decisions. To read the the FAQ, please visit
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