Students who travel back to their home country are responsible for carrying documents that are necessary for re-entry into the United States. To avoid any issues with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the ports of entry, it is important for students to hand-carry the following documents:
- A valid passport (valid at least 6 months beyond your entry date);
- A signed Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status;” (Signature is valid for 1 year, so please check page 2 of the I-20 to see if a new signature is required.)
- Financial support documents, which are typically the same as those provided during the original visa interview with the U.S. Department of State;
- An acceptance letter or recent tuition payment receipt;
- An unofficial transcript printed from your Treehouse Account; and
- A designated school official’s name and contact information.
If any information cannot be verified, the student may be directed to go through a secondary inspection for supplemental CBP research. To ensure a safe and easy return to the United States, students should keep all necessary documents with them at all times. For Visa Renewal, Travel & Re-Entry information, visit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
School Official Contact Information:
Laura Arthur, PDSO
Director, International Student & Scholar Services
Dina Cenicola, DSO
University Admissions, Foreign Transcript Evaluator
Stephanie Bias, DSO
SEVIS Coordinator/Student Advisor
973.408.3379 – Please phone this number if International Student Services Staff are not available. A Public Safety officer will contact a university official to assist with Custom’s issues.
For instructions on obtaining the F-1 student visa and links to the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Student Visa page.
Before your departure, please fill this form out:
Travel Signature Request Form