Travel and Re-entry

Travel and Re-Entry to the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published the following guidance on the new executive order, set to be effective March 16, 2017:

We advise international students who are nationals of the six designated countries who fall under an exception to the ban to consult with legal counsel prior to engaging in international travel. You should anticipate scrutiny at Ports of Entry (POE) from Customs and Border Protection Officers and potential placement in “secondary inspection.” 

For international students not from the six designated countries, you should also expect heightened screening at POE across the nation. As a reminder for your privacy if you are planning on traveling outside the U.S. during your break, we encourage you to delete certain apps and social media (such as Facebook) from your phone as the border office can demand you unlock and turn your phone over to them for inspection.  We also recommend the following documents to aide in your border crossing:

  • Valid F or J Visa and valid passport.  Please remember your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you will reenter the U.S.
  • Your signed Form I-20 or DS-2019.  Check the date of the travel signature on page 2 of your Form I-20 or page 1 of the DS-2019.  Make sure that signature date is no more than 6 months old from the date you plan to enter the U.S.
  • Current transcript.  Official transcript is best.  You can request this from the Registrar’s office. 
  • Continuing enrollment. If you have already paid tuition for the spring term, you can bring a copy of that as proof and/or print out your schedule for the next term.
  • Proof of financial support. A copy of your Declaration of Finances or bank statement/letter.  This information should match what you supplied for the financial guarantee to get your Form I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Contact information for the International Student Center: 206-296-6260; after hours number for Public Safety 206-296-5990
  • Remember to have the documents with you and not packed in your luggage that you may not have immediate access to.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.