F-1 Travel Information

Before you travel, make sure you're prepared!


Travel around Newberg

  • Carry copies of your passport, visa and I-20 with you.
  • Leave your original documents in a safe place at home.
  • Always carry a photo ID (exp. GFU student card, driver's license).
  • Carry your health insurance card on you.

Travel around the U.S.

  • If you leave the local Newberg/Portland area, take your original passport, visa and I-20 with you.
  • Check p. 2 of your I-20 to see if you have a valid travel signature - in case of emergency international travel, it is a good idea to already have a signature (even though signatures are not required for travel within the U.S.)
  • Always carry a photo ID (exp. GFU student card, driver's license).
  • Carry your health insurance card on you.

International Travel

  • Take your original passport, visa and I-20 with you.
  • Check p. 2 of your I-20 to see if you have a valid signature (one that will be less than 1 year old at the time you reenter the U.S.). If you do not have a valid signature, see Tiona Cage or Alex Pia for assistance.
  • Check to make sure your passport is not about to expire within the next 6 months - if it is, you will need to renew it.
  • Check to make sure your visa has not expired. If it has expired, you will need to renew your visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy outside of the U.S. before you return to the U.S. (NOTE: This may not be necessary if you are only traveling to Mexica, Canada or the Caribbean - for more information, see Tiona Cage or Alex Pia).
  • If you renew your passport or visa, please provide a copy of your updated document to the International Student & Scholar Services office.
  • Each time you return to the U.S., visit the Customs & Border Protection website to make sure your I-94 document is correct - if you notice any errors, please let the ISSS office know right away.
  • If you are issued an I-515 because you did not have a required document with you when you reenter the U.S., let the ISSS know as soon as possible.

Travel During OPT

  • Take your original passport, visa, I-20 and OPT card or receipt with you. If your OPT has started, you should also have proof of employment with you (exp. an offer letter).
  • Check p. 2 of your I-20 to see if you have a valid signature (one that will be less than 6 months old at the time you reenter the U.S.). If you do not have a valid signature, see Tiona Cage or Alex Pia for assistance.
  • Check to make sure your passport is not about to expire within the next 6 months - if it is, you will need to renew it.
  • Check to make sure your visa has not expired. If it has expired, you will need to renew your visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy outside of the U.S. before you return to the U.S. NOTE: Visa renewal during OPT can be risky. For more information, see Tiona or Alex.
  • If you renew your passport or visa, please provide a copy of your updated document to the International Student & Scholar Services office.
  • Each time you return to the U.S., visit the Customs & Border Protection website to make sure your I-94 document is correct - if you notice any errors, please let the ISSS office know right away.
  • If you are issued an I-515 because you did not have a required document with you when you reenter the U.S., let the ISSS know as soon as possible.