Travel Endorsement Information

COVID Travel Advisories & Restrictions

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL NOT ADVISED: In light of the uncertainty of the global travel situation due to the emergence of the new Omicron variant, ISS does not currently recommend travel outside the U.S.

Travel restrictions, mandatory quarantines, COVID testing requirements and closed borders are possible during the COVID emergency. Travel at this time is risky.  The U.S. Embassies and Consulates in some countries have also not yet resumed routine visa processing. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite amount of time. Please review our travel alerts page, and be prepared for disruption in travel plans.  

>View the latest CDC Travel Advisories

>View ISS Travel Alerts for current list of impacted countries

What is a travel endorsement?

A travel endorsement is a signature from your Designated School Official (ISS advisor) on your I-20 or DS-2019. The signature serves as confirmation that you are maintaining F-1 or J-1 status. A valid travel endorsement is required for re-entry to the U.S., including trips to Canada. 

How can I check to see if I have a valid travel endorsement?

Newly arrived students will not have a travel endorsement signature on their documents. It is important to request the travel endorsement before planning international travel!

F-1 students can find the travel endorsement section on their I-20, bottom of page 2.

  • Each signature is valid for 1 year if you are an enrolled student, or 6 months if you are on Post-Completion OPT/OPT STEM Extension.
Example Travel Endorsement section on Page 2 of an I-20.

J-1 Students can find the travel endorsement section on their DS-2019, page 1, lower right corner.

  • Each signature is valid for 1 year for enrolled students and those on Academic Training.
Example travel validation section on a DS-2019.

How do I request a new travel endorsement?

It is important to request a travel endorsement at least 10 business days before your trip. To request a travel endorsement, follow the instructions below: 

To request a Travel Endorsement on your I-20/DS-2019

  1. Log in to UB Global using your UBIT Name and Password.  
  2. Find your e-form.
    • Enrolled F-1 students click on “F-1 Student Services” 
    • J-1 students click on “J-1 Student Services”
    • Students on OPT should click on "Optional Practical Training"
  3. Select the “Travel Endorsement Request” e-form (F-1 students) or the "Travel Validation Request" eform (J-1 students)
  4. Complete and submit the e-form. 
  5. ISS will issue a new I-20 or DS-2019 for travel. The I-20 will be emailed to your UB email address. The DS-2019 will be available for pick up in the ISS office or can be mailed to you.  

ISS processing is currently 7-10 business days. Please plan accordingly.