Travel Signature Request Procedure

All students requesting travel signatures will be required to complete the Travel Signature Request Form. Please note that we will not be providing travel signatures during walk-ins. Plan accordingly.

Getting a travel signature is easy. Follow these simple steps.

STEP 1Make sure you need a new travel signature

  • International students in F-1 or J-1 status must get a travel signature on their I-20 or DS-2019 if returning to complete their studies after a trip abroad.

  • Each travel signature is valid for one year. If the signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 will be more than a year old by the time you reenter the US, you need to get a new signature before you travel. 

  • Incoming students or students who have completed their studies and will not return to Rutgers do not need a travel signature.

  • For students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), the travel signature is only valid for six months. 

STEP 2 – Complete the Travel Signature Request Form on the RGlobal Portal
The form will also give additional instructions if you are away from Rutgers and need a friend to pick-up your document or if you need you document mailed to you. If you are already abroad, and need an updated travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, please submit the Travel Signature Request Form and also contact an international student adviser as soon as possible to let them know about your situation. 

STEP 3 – Follow email instructions for getting the travel signature; pick-up or delivery of your I-20/DS-2019. You will be issued a new I-20/DS-2019 with a travel signature.
Your document will be ready within 2 business days. Be sure to keep all your previous I-20s/DS-2019s safely.

Did you depart from the US without getting your I-20 or DS-2019 signed? Did you lose or forget to bring your I-20 or DS-2019 with you? Do you not have enough time to request a travel signature and receive your documents by mail?

If any of the above situations apply to you, follow these steps. 

STEP 1 - Check your I-20/DS-2019 if you have it with you. You may still have a valid signature.
If you do not, continue to step 2.

STEP 2 - Request a Form I-515A at the US port of entry.

If you do not have enough time to receive a travel signature and a new I-20/DS-2019 before traveling back to the US, respectfully request that the immigration officer allow you to enter with Form I-515A. This gives you a thirty-day admission as an F-1 or J-1 student, and requires you to report to ISSS within that time frame to secure the required travel signature.

To qualify for the Form I-515A, you must have a valid passport, valid F-1 or J-1 visa, and your I-20 or DS-2019 (the officer may allow you to enter without your I-20 or DS-2019 at his/her discretion).