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Traveling Outside of the US

If you are an F-1 student intending to travel outside of the United States, please review the information below carefully. F-2 dependents also require valid travel authorization signatures for re-entry to the United States.

Procedure

In order to successfully receive authorization to travel outside of the United States, students must submit the following items to the ISS Office:

  1. Travel Authorization Policy and Form
  2. Travel itinerary and flight ticket information (NOTE: Submission of an itemized travel itinerary is highly encouraged by the ISS Office. Students with no return date on their itinerary will have this information recorded directly on their I-20 when it is issued.)
  3. Your most recent I-20

Please be advised that the ISS Office reserves the right not to authorize travel if the reason for travel is not deemed plausible. The ISS Office will review each individual student's documents on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the ISS Office at (703) 591-7042 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require additional information.

Policy: Travel Authorization (For Travel Outside of the United States)

It is the policy of Virginia International University’s International Student Service Office (ISSO) that all F1 students wishing to travel outside of the United States at any time during their program of study or while on OPT to request permission to do so in advance of their travel plans. All F1 students must be aware of the university’s travel policy and adhere to it accordingly.
It is the requirement of the ISSO that students submit applications for travel at least 2 weeks prior to leaving the U.S. (If a student submits documents for travel late, it may result in a delay in processing, and the student will be responsible for their travel plan adjustments).

PLEASE NOTE: Per USCIS regulations, F1 students are required to attend classes on a full-time basis during mandatory semesters. (Spring and Fall semesters are considered to be mandatory for academic students. Summer is mandatory for first-time students.)

  • Approval from both the Dean/Academic Advisor, and the ISSO will be needed for students to travel during ‘Final Exam Week’ (5 days maximum).

ESL STUDENTS: Must complete a minimum of 4 consecutive terms to be eligible for Annual Break

PLEASE NOTE: If you have left the US without obtaining permission and a signature from an international student advisor, you must contact the ISS Office immediately at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Without this travel signature, the port of entry may not readmit you back into the United States.