Winter Break Travel and Re-entry Information

OIS will close at 4:00PM on December 23, 2020 for winter break and will resume regular office hours on January 4, 2021. Please visit the Travel section for detailed travel and re-entry information.

Information for continuing students/scholars requesting a travel signature from abroad

Option 1: Request an I-20/DS-2019 Reprint

Email the Travel Signature and I-20/DS-2019 Request to OIS will email an electronically signed I-20 to you. Please keep all previously issued I-20/DS-2019 for your records as you may need them for future immigration benefits. Any requests submitted during weekend or holiday closures will not be processed until the office reopens on January 4, 2021.

Option 2: Enter the US on I-515A

The I-515A is a document issued by the US Port of Entry officer that allows students and scholars to re-enter the US on a temporary status of 30 days. If you do not have a valid travel signature, you will likely be issued a Form I-515A by the US Port of Entry officer. Since this is a temporary stay document that only allows 30 days stay in the US, it is very important you meet with an OIS advisor immediately upon arrival to fix your status to F-1 or J-1 D/S. Entering on an I-515A may cause some delays at the Port of Entry, so please plan accordingly.

Emergency Contact Information During University Break

  • Emergencies at US Port of Entry: USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (213) 740-6000
  • Students detained by U.S. immigration officials at an airport or land border port-of-entry, may call the USC Immigration Clinic Emergency Hotline at (213) 740-7435 and leave a detailed message including name, date of birth, nationality, current location, airline and flight number, phone number and email address. A representative from the Immigration Clinic will provide initial guidance.
  • The OIS email account ( will be checked periodically during university breaks. Only inquiries requiring immediate attention will receive a response during office closures.