In order to leave the U.S. and re-enter in valid student status, students should plan carefully.
F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents must have a signature from an Immigration Services advisor on the form I-20 or DS-2019 before they department the U.S. To obtain the signature, please visit the Office of Global Engagement Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM or join us for Travel Signature Day on Reading Day each academic term.
Valid Travel Documents
Students returning to enroll in classes need the following documents to re-enter the U.S.: o Passport issued by student’s country of citizenship with an expiration date of no less than 6 months in the future o F-1 or J-1 visa obtained at an U.S. Consulate or Embassy located outside the U.S. & valid at the time of re-entry to the U.S. o Unexpired I-20 or DS-20 signed for travel o Students my find it helpful to travel with an Enrollment Verification statement issued by the UGA Registrar. Students may request this document in ATHENA.
Students may travel to some locations for a short visit without renewing a new student visa. This is called “Automatic Revalidation” There are several conditions for this option to be possible. Please contact your Immigration Services Advisor with specific questions.
Automatic Revalidation Information