COVID-19 Update

International travel is in a fluid state, and new travel restrictions could arise at any moment. A signed I-20 is not required to depart the US; however, international students who are reentering the US must ensure they have a valid travel signature on their Form I-20.

How to Request a Travel Signature Remotely
  1. Download and complete the OIS Travel Signature and I-20/DS-2019 Request 
    • Select “Request for Travel Signature” and “I have not attached my original I-20/DS-2019. Please reprint and sign for travel.”
  2. Email the completed form to
    • Subject line of email should include: Travel Signature: Name of Student, SEVIS #

In response to COVID-19, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has allowed Designated School Officials (DSOs) to electronically sign and email Form I-20 to students. US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Department of State (DOS) have also recently confirmed they will accept electronically signed I-20s. OIS will re-issue the document and endorse it for travel with DocuSign. The PDF file will be emailed to students USC email account.


Please click the links below to learn more about travel and reentry requirements for international students and scholars.

Requirements for Re-entry to the US

Are you going home for the break? Do you have all the required documents to re-enter the US? Please review this section for important information on travel and re-entry.

Renewing Passport or Visa

Information for students/scholars planning to renew their passport or visa.

Automatic Revalidation

Read more to learn about the eligibility requirements.

US-Visit Program

Read more to learn about the eligibility requirements.

Questions? Contact OIS.