If you are planning to travel outside the United States, don't forget that you should take a few minutes to examine all your documents in order to avoid any unexpected delays in departing the U.S., re-entering your home country, visiting elsewhere, or returning after your travels.
If your travel signature has expired, you can obtain a new travel signature from ISSS during regular walk-in hours.
Please note if you are taking a cruise to any of the adjacent Caribbean islands, upon your return, verify with the customs officer that your I-94 information has been entered. If an entry stamp has not been added to your passport, politely request one before leaving the booth.
If you are a F-1 or J-1 student, and you are in possession of an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Emory, familiarize yourself with the student travel information section on our website. If your visa has expired, you will need to plan to obtain a new visa in advance of your return to the US. Please note: if you are a student subject to a security clearance because of your major (STEM related fields), ask your academic advisor to prepare a brief letter describing the nature of your research.
If you are a J-1 research scholar, professor, specialist, or short-term scholar and are in possession of a DS-2019 issued by Emory, visit the scholar travel section. You will find all the information you need to travel safely. Remember that you will require a signature on your DS-2019 by an Alternate Responsible Officer in the ISSS office before you depart the U.S.
If you are an H-1B temporary worker, visit the H-1B travel section.
You need a current I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature in order to enter the US. Make sure you don’t put your documents in your checked luggage!
If you don’t have your I-20 or DS-2019 with you, the CBP officer might issue you an I-515A, which allows you to enter the US for 30 days. Info about the I-515A >>
If you are issued an I-515A, please meet with your ISSS advisor within 2 business days. If your I-515A is not handled in a timely manner, you will have to leave the US.
If you lose your I-20 or DS-2019 while you are outside the US, log in to ISSS Link and fill out the I-20 or DS-2019 replacement request e-form so that ISSS can ship a replacement document to you before you travel back to the US.
If you lose your passport outside the US, please contact your country’s embassy as soon as possible to get a new passport. You should also contact the nearest US embassy to get a new visa.
If you lose it while you’re in the US, contact your home country’s embassy or consulate and ask for a passport replacement.
If you’re a student, we suggest that you carry a copy of your unofficial transcript that you can print from your OPUS account.
If you’re a scholar or employee, we recommend carrying a copy of your appointment or invitation letter and a printout of your most recent Emory pay statement, if you’re paid by Emory.