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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 international@ut.edu 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 https://study.eshipglobal.com
  • 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