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Travel

Travel Within the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii)

Keep the following with you during your trip:

  • The original copy of your most recent I-20/DS-2019 form
    • Travel within the U.S. does not require a current travel signature
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Electronic copy of your I-94
  • Cal Poly ID
  • If asked about your current enrollment, we recommend you have access to your Poly Profile or bring a copy of your current class schedule.

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Travel Outside the USA

If you are traveling abroad, including short trips to Mexico and Canada, you must meet the entry requirements of the country you wish to visit in addition to the U.S. requirements for re-entry. You should check with the embassy/consulate of the country you plan to visit as early as possible to see if that country requires you to apply for a visa.


For re-entry to the USA, bring the following documents:

  • The original copy of your most recent I-20/DS-2019 form with a travel signature tha is no older than 12 months
    • If you are on OPT, a travel signature must be no older than 6 months
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Unexpired F-1/J-1 Visa
  • Electronic copy of your I-94
  • Cal Poly ID
  • If asked about your current enrollment, we recommend you have access to your Poly Profile or bring a copy of your current class schedule

Increased Security at Ports of Entry

  • Due to increased scrutiny at the Ports of Entry int othe U.S., you may be asked by an CBP Officer to hand over your electronic devices or asked to access your social media accounts
  • you can read more about this on the CBP website. The American Civil Liberties Union has also released an article that provides more details regarding this matter.

Trips Solely to Canada and Mexido for 30 days or less

  • Students are eligible to travel with an expired visa or a change of visa status using Automatic Revalidation as long as they do not apply for a new visa during the visit and are not a citizen or national of a country that has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.
  • Students are expected to bring all the travel documents listed above under "Travel Outside the USA"

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Re-entry After Program End Date

If you have questions about traveling after your program end date listed on your I-20/DS-2019 form, please email intlservices@calpoly.edu


Questions?

Email intlservices@calpoly.edu

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