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Please be sure to stop by the Office of International Services in the Student Affairs building for a travel signature on your I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) if you are traveling out of the U.S. during the summer. The travel signature is checked by Port of Entry Officers when you are returning into the U.S.  In practice, the signatures should be less than six months old at the time of entry. If you don’t have a current signature or you’ve forgotten your documents, you may be given temporary admissions into the U.S. with a form I-515A.   The form I-515A will require you to submit a new I-20/DS-2019 with a current signature. Any of the staff in Student Affairs can sign your documents as well as answer any questions you may have about visa stamps and travel authorization.  Please remember that when you travel into the U.S. you will need to have (1) a passport valid beyond 6 months at the time of entry, (2) a valid visa stamp, and (3) an I-20 or DS-2019 with signature.

Reminder: Vacation Signatures

Dear continuing International Students,

Please remember, if you are leaving the U.S. over the holidays, you will need a travel signature on the third page of your I-20 from either Shawna Routh, Gail Lu, Kathy Sparaco  or Ashley Arrocha at the Office of International Services and Office of Student Services.

The Office of International Services maintains the same hours as Student
Services and is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are not open on Saturdays or Sundays, so please plan accordingly.

Additional information about international students and travel out of the U.S. can be found on the OIS blog at this post.

As always, if you have any questions, please let us know. Happy Holidays!

Please read the travel information for IPSS regarding international students and the IPSS Program. The Office of International Services would like to remind you that if you will be participating in IPSS and receiving any form of compensation for your time that you will need off campus work authorization from our office.

Please check with our office as soon as possible if this is the case. If you will be off campus on IPSS for next semester and wish to apply for OPT, please apply for OPT at the beginning of the semester before you leave.

If you are sponsored by the IIE, please make sure that your sponsoring organization knows you will be participating in IPSS.

Also, when you are on IPSS you will need to update your address with us. To update your address, please fill out and submit the online form at http://www.miis.edu/ois/opt.html.

Last but not least, as a reminder, the OIS website at http://www.miis.edu/ois.html is always available for your reference. If you have any questions, please let us know!

The holidays are coming up, have you planned ahead and made all your preparations for travel? Remember, F1 students should take care of the following whenever traveling out of the U.S. and returning as well.

If you are an F1 student traveling out of the U.S. and are planning to return, don’t forget to check the following:

  • The expiration date of your U.S. Visa
  • The expiration date of your I-20
  • If you have recieved a travel signature from a Monterey Institute DSO ((Designated School Official)) on the third page of your I-20 within 6 months of the date you will travel out of the US.

After you’ve checked the above:

If you need to re-apply for a U.S. visa, you can fill out and submit a request form for a Letter of Support from the Office of International Services as well as come in to see us for advice.

If you need to extend your I-20, please have your academic advisor complete the Recommendation for Extension of a Program of Study and then submit it to the Office of International Services.

As mentioned above, in order to re-enter the U.S. without complication you will need a travel signature from a DSO (Designated School Official) at the Monterey Institute on the third page of your I-20.

If you need a travel signature, please come in advance to see Designated School Officials Kathy Sparaco, Gail Lu, Shawna Routh or Ashley Arrocha at the Office of International Services and Office of Student Services in order to get your I-20 signed for travel.

More information about travel and re-entry can also be found at the OIS Website.

Remember, if you have any questions, please ask us anytime by emailing visas@miis.edu or calling 831-647-4128. You are also always welcome to stop by!

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