Exchange visitors in F-1 or J-1 status may travel within the U.S. or abroad during their tenure at Northwestern, but you must carry the following documents.
Travel within the U.S.
- Valid passport
- Copy of DS-2019
- DS-2019 with a valid travel signature endorsed within the last twelve months by the IO;
- Valid passport;
- Valid J-1 visa stamp. If expired, you must obtain a valid stamp to re-enter the U.S.
Exception: If traveling to Canada or Mexico for less than 30 days, you may re-enter the U.S. with an expired visa stamp.
How to obtain a travel signature
Getting a travel signature is easy! You can either:
- Drop your I-20/DS-2019 off at the front desk of the IO and pick it up with a new travel signature the following business day after 12noon;
- Drop by one of our scheduled 'Travel Signatures To Go' sessions and get a travel signature on the spot. Once scheduled, these times and locations will be posted via the IntNews listserv and event calendar.