F-1 students who leave the United States temporarily must have the following documents to attempt to re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status:
Required documents for reentry in the U.S., per 8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(4)
Recommended documents for reentry in the U.S.:
- A valid passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months after the date of reentry.
- A valid F-1 visa, unless exempt from visa requirement.
- Page 2 of your I-20 signed by an MCC Designated School Official (DSO).
- Financial documents, such as a bank statement or a letter from a bank or sponsor dated within 6 months.
- Evidence of student status, such as recent tuition receipts, transcripts.
- Copies of your current and/or future class schedule.
- A letter of explanation from ISS if you were on a reduced course load for medical reasons.
- Name and contact information for a DSO.
- I-901 SEVIS Fee payment receipt.
- Provide your I-20 for a travel signature before you leave the U.S..
- Pay for insurance and any outstanding bills and register for the next quarter.
- Your current I-20 and F-1 visa will become invalid if you are out of the U.S. for more than 5 months.
- Provide ISS with your new I-94 upon return and any renewed passport or visa.
For additional information visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement travel page and Department of Homeland Security travel page.