Upon admission to the United States, the port of entry officer will place an admission
stamp in your passport, indicating the place of admission, date of admission, class
of admission, and the expiration date of your immigration status. The officer will
create an electronic record which will immediately be available on this website: www.cbp.gov/I94. You will be able to access the website and to print out the electronic record by
providing your biographic information and passport and entry information. This printout
is your paper I-94. You should print out this I-94 as soon as you arrive at LSU, it will be required by
government agencies when you apply for benefits such as a driver’s license, social
security number and to prove your employment eligibility.
The Form I-94 is a very important document, it is proof of:
- Your lawful admission to the United States;
- Your class of admission i.e.: F-1 student status;
- The date you entered the United States; and
- The authorized period of stay i.e., "Admitted until: D/S" or duration of status.
If you are unable to print out your I-94, at your earliest please call (225) 578-3191
to schedule an appointment to see an advisor for assistance.
Current LSU International Students are Traveling Outside the US
Travel during Graduation Semester: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to verify that you will be able to travel. There are complicated issues with travelling
during your last semester or if you are considering Degree-Only registration. You
could lose the opportunity to re-enter the U.S. as an F-1 student or apply for OPT,
so please make sure you contact our office if you are considering travel during your
For re-entry into the US to continue your studies, you should have the following:
- A valid, current, and accurate SEVIS I-20 (for F-1/F-2 status) or DS-2019 (for J-1/J-2
status). Copies of previous I-20’s or DS-2019’s, especially if you have enrolled at
one or more institutions prior to enrollment at LSU should also be taken with you.
Your current immigration form must have an endorsement signature in the travel authorization
section of the form. Technically this signature is valid for one (1) year, but we
recommend one that is no older than six (6) months from the date you plan to return.
You can make multiple trips using the same signature during this six month period.
Only IS advisors may endorse this form.
Note: If the DS-2019 for your J-1/-J2 status was issued by an agency other than LSU,
you must send the original form to THAT agency for a travel signature.
- A valid (unexpired) passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months
after the date you plan to re-enter the US. If you need to renew your passport, contact
your embassy in the US (www.state.gov or www.embassy.org) OR the appropriate authority in your home country.
- A valid (unexpired) US visa stamp. A student and/or student dependent (F-1/F-2 or
J-1/J-2) visa must be valid on the date you plan to re-enter the US AND have an “M”
for unlimited multiple entries. If your visa has expired OR you have a single entry
visa you will need to apply for a new visa during your trip. For F and J visa holders
who are visiting Canada, Mexico, or certain adjacent islands in the Caribbean for
only less than 30 calendar days, please view Automatic Visa Revalidation.
Note: A valid US visa contained in an expired passport remains valid (if the passport
is in your possession) until the visa expires, is cancelled or revoked. **If you must
renew your visa while outside the US or will be outside the US for more than 5 months,
review the US Consulate information.
- Documentary Proof of Funding. You should have with you bank statements, an assistantship
letter, a scholarship letter, an Affidavit of Support, and/or any combination thereof
to prove full financial support. The amount and the source(s) of funding should match
the information on your I-20 or DS-2019.
- Copies of your LSU transcript. A copy of your LSU transcript will prove you have
been a full-time student in good standing since your enrollment as an F-1 or J-1 student.
This transcript will be your proof of enrollment for all past semesters. If you have violated the requirement of full-time enrollment, you should contact
an IS advisor for advice. If you were enrolled at another US institution as an F-1
or J-1 prior to enrollment at LSU, you should have a copy of that institution’s transcript(s)
as well. If you were granted part-time enrollment permission for any semester, please
carry that documentation. Official transcripts and/or letters of verification of enrollment
may be obtained at the Office of University Registrar (112 Thomas Boyd Hall).
- Proof of pre-registration for the next semester. If you are traveling between semesters
and are pre-registered for future terms, the Office of University Registrar (112 Thomas
Boyd Hall) may be able to provide this verification. You can also print your pre-registered
schedule from your ‘My LSU’ account.
- A valid LSU Student ID card can also be supporting documentation of your status as
an LSU student in the US.
- Graduate Students: A letter from your graduate advisor or major professor verifying your academic progress
toward completion of the degree(s) noted on your I-20 or DS-2019. Any problems you
have had which have affected your progress should be mentioned, especially if you
have extended your study period (see completion date listed in #5 of your I-20 or
in #4 of your DS-2019) or had unsatisfactory ratings on your thesis or dissertation
research marked as grades on your transcript. It is also helpful if they explain your
specific research topic(s) and its practical application(s) to assist with any US
government security clearances.
Foreign Visa: If you are traveling to a country other than your home country, you may need a visitor’s
visa for that country. Also, if your flight home requires a stop in a third country,
you need to find out if a transit visa is required by that country and, if so, if
you must obtain it prior to your trip. Embassy information and telephone numbers are
found at www.state.gov. The most common “transit visa” is for flights stopping in the United Kingdom. For
information on the requirements for “Visitor in Transit” visas in the UK, click here.
LSU graduates who are currently on OPT will find information about travel on the IS
web site under “Optional Practical Training”. If they have further questions, they
should email email@example.com.
If you have been arrested and/or charged with ANY crime here in the U.S., including
both felonies and misdemeanors (such as a DUI), we recommend that you seek legal advice before attempting any overseas travel as you may likely be denied re-entry.
We highly discourage travel even for students whose criminal record has been expunged
unless they have received legal review, advice and clearance.
When you return, make sure to provide our office with copies of your:
- New F-1/J-1 Visa Stamp (if applicable to you)
- New/Renewed Passport (if applicable to you)
- New I-94 record
Students who travel outside the US to the areas/countries of the world identified
on the ‘LSU Proof of Immunization Compliance – Tuberculosis Questionnaire’ form will need to have a repeat TB screening three months after you return to the
US. You may have this done at the LSU SHC or provide that documentation of the TB
screening to the LSU SHC. If you have questions, please contact the LSU Student Health
Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org
US Immigration FAQ & A for travel