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Travel Instructions


Documents Required for Re-entry to the U.S.

Have the following documents available (not packed in checked luggage) when you arrive at the port of entry to the U.S.:

Optional Documents: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) advises that you also bring the following documentation:

Inform the CBP Officer as soon as possible at the port of entry that you will be a returning student or exchange visitor in the United States.


Documents Required to Enter Other Countries

If you travel to a country other than your home country, you may need an entry visa for that country. Visit OIP to consult a directory of foreign embassies and consulates which grant visas.


Travel by Dependents (F-2/J-2)

Dependents will need their own passports and entry visas, their own I-20 or DS-2019 signed by the F-1 or J-1 student and by OIP. Dependents also need any previously issued I-797s for their change of status, and the original EAD card if the F-1 student is on OPT.


Travel While on OPT

If you are on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of your studies, you must carry your employment authorization document (EAD), in addition to the required documents listed above, when you travel.

OIP can provide a letter explaining to the port of entry officials that you may re-enter the U.S. with your EAD and I-20 even though the completion date on your I-20 has passed and your EAD says "not valid for re-entry." To receive such a letter, contact OIP at least several days in advance of your departure. We also recommend obtaining a letter from your employer.


Travel within the U.S.

You should not be asked for any official travel documentation while you travel within the U.S. However, you should carry your passport with your I-94 card stapled inside at all times. It is your proof of legal entry to the U.S.


Useful Travel Resources

For more information about travel outside the U.S., please contact us.


International Students & Scholar Services · Sullivan Center, 6339 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sherdian Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.3899 · iss@luc.edu

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