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How To Request a Travel Signature

Travel Signature Requirements
Internationals students/scholars are required to have a travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019 in order to re-enter the United States. Only Designated School Officials (F-1)/Responsible Officers (J-1) at the International Programs Office are permitted to sign the I-20/DS-2019 for travel. At UT, these are your International Student and Scholar Advisors. The signature is located on the bottom of page 2 of the I-20 and at the bottom right corner of page 1 of the DS-2019.

Travel signatures are valid for one year (6 months if you are on F-1 OPT or J-1 Academic Training) so please check the your most recent I-20/DS-2019 before requesting a new signature.

Make sure to keep all previously issued I-20/DS-2019 for your records as you may need them for future immigration benefits.

Updated Instructions for Requesting Travel Signature 
A form I-20/DS-2019 is NOT required to depart the US. A valid I-20/DS-2019 with a valid travel signature is required for re-entry only.

You have three options for request a new travel signature:

Option One
Drop your most recent original Form I-20/DS-2019 off at Plant Hall room 300 for a travel signature. At minimum one business day is required for processing. You may pick up your new I-20/DS-2019 one business day later.

Option Two
Email from your Spartans email account with your request for a new I-20 that will include an updated travel signature to be sent to you via a secure, encrypted email attachment to the email address listed in your SEVIS record. You must then print the I-20 and sign and date it. This method is only allowed for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
Note: Form DS-2019s are not allowed to be sent via email, J-1 visa holders must request an updated DS-2019 through options #1 or #3.

Option Three
Request a new original I-20/DS-2019 to be be printed and mailed to you, either inside the US or outside. Follow the Instructions below to order your I-20/DS-2019 to be mailed to you through E-Ship Global.

E-Ship Global is a mailing company that assists international students. Students can pay for the shipping fee themselves and we print the shipping label here (please order through FedEx shipping).

Here is the link
  • Click on “student/scholar login” tab
  • Click on ‘SIGN UP”
  • Complete “student registration”
  • Once the form is filled in, click on “Register” to continue
  • Once you have placed an order, the IPO Office will be automatically notified