- A passport which should be valid for at least six months into the future.
- A valid F-1 or J-1 visa
- Your most recent Form I-20 (F visa) or DS-2019 (J visa) with a valid travel signature.
- If you are a full-time student who will continue studying after you return to the United States, the signature at the bottom of page 2 of your current I-20 (if you are on an F-1 visa) or on the bottom right of your DS-2019 (if you are on a J-1 visa) must be less than one year old when you re-enter the United States.
- If you are on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT), the signature at the bottom of page 2 of your current I-20 (if you are on an F-1 visa) or the signature on the bottom right of your DS-2019 (if you are on a J-1 visa) must be less than six months old on the day you re-enter the United States.
It is also recommended you bring with you:
- Any previously issued I-20s or DS-2019s
- Proof of your enrollment (you may request an Enrollment Verification from the Registrar’s Office)
- Proof of funding (as reflected on your I-20 or DS-2019)
Upon your return, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue an I-94 (your arrival/departure record) to you. If you arrive by land, you may receive a paper I-94 that you should keep with your passport. If you arrive by plane, you will be issued an I-94 electronically; print the Most Recent I-94 after each entry into the United States. Your I-94 should be marked with your visa type (F-1 or J-1) and an “admit until date” of D/S (Duration of Status). If there is an error on your I-94, notify the OGS.
For students on post-OPT, please click here for documents required for travel
For students on STEM OPT, please click here for documents required for travel
*Notice for ALL international students, scholars and faculty regarding travel.
Northeastern University requires all students, and highly recommends all faculty and staff, to enter their travel itinerary and housing accommodations abroad into “My Travel Plans,” also called the “traveler registry”.
This allows the university to communicate directly with travelers if unexpected events or conditions create circumstances that might pose health or safety risks. In addition, it enables on-campus resources and external support providers to better respond to students, faculty, and staff who may need medical or security assistance.