Depending upon your circumstances, your procedure for departing the United States may be different. Review the information in the section below that applies to your situation.
Recommended documents to carry when travelling internationally. Only show documents requested.
I-94 Arrival/Departure Card
- Passport valid at least six months into the future
- Form I-20 or DS-2019 with a travel signature.
Information on the I-20 says that the travel signature is valid for one year. However, based on recent Student and Exchange Visitor Program guidance, the International Center recommends you get a new travel signature if you will re-enter the United States more than six months from your last travel signature.
Valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp in passport
Financial Documentation (bank statement, scholarship/assistantship letter)
Proof of enrollment (transcript, printout of current enrollment, and next semester’s enrollment, if available)
Renewing a Student Visa
You cannot renew your student visa stamp in the United States. Except in rare cases, you must have a valid visa to re-enter the United States. It is not guaranteed that the U.S. consulate will renew your visa. If your F-1 visa application is denied, you will not be able to re-enter to the U.S. for the purpose of completing your studies.
Visa applicants should note the following:
Applicants are subject to security clearances that may take several months. Background checks can result from arrests in the U.S., field of study, country of origin, or other factors such as being cited for driving under the influence (i.e. DUI).
- If you need a visa and will be traveling on a short trip, remember, you may encounter visa processing delays. Plan accordingly.
- Appointments are required for almost all non-immigrant visa applications. Check the website of the U.S. consulate in your home country to see processing times.
- Graduate students, professors and research scholars who are deemed to be studying certain “sensitive areas of study” may be subject to a security review.
- If you are out of status and will be traveling outside of the U.S., you must speak with an international advisor before you leave the U.S. to make certain you have the required documents for reinstatement through reentry.
Automatic Revalidation for Travel to Canada or Mexico
For most students, travel to a country that is contiguous to the U.S. (Mexico, Canada, St. Pierre, Miquelon, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bermuda, Jamaica, Winward and Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique) with an intended stay of less than 30 days (not applying for a new visa) may return to the U.S. on an expired visa. This process is known as automatic visa revalidation.
If you travel to Canada or Mexico, you may need a visa to enter that country.
For more information and restrictions, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-expiration-date/auto-revalidate.html
It is important to remember that while you are on a Norwich Study Abroad program you are still a Norwich F-1 student and your SEVIS record will be maintained by the International Center.
Please make an appointment with an International Student Adviser when planning for your Study Abroad experience.
Authorized Early Withdrawal
Want to depart the United States before completing your program? Please make sure you contact the International Center before leaving the country. Departing the United States without completing certain forms could result in a termination of status for Failure to Enroll and can have negative future consequences.
Departure Form [link to form]
Transfer to Norwich University
F-1 students who have been admitted to Norwich University and are coming from another institution are considered F-1 program transfers, which is not necessarily the same as an academic transfer. The students will have to complete the Transfer In to Norwich form along with other forms required for a Norwich University issued I-20.
They must also speak with the international student advisor at their current schools and request that their SEVIS records be electronically released from their current schools to Norwich. Once the SEVIS record is released and all other admissions materials have been submitted, the new Form I-20 from Norwich will be processed and sent to the student by the admissions office.
Note: Students should not ask to have your I-20 released to Norwich University until we have approved the transfer-in.
Transfer from Norwich to Another Institution
F-1 students who have made a commitment to attend another institution must inform the International Center and request that their SEVIS records be electronically released to the new school. It is advised that students discuss their travel plans and new program start dates with the International Center before settling on a SEVIS transfer release date.
Departure Upon Completion of Studies
After you have completed your program, you have a grace period within which to depart the U.S. If you remain in the U.S. after the end of your grace period following the end of your program, you will be unlawfully present in the U.S. Being unlawfully present in the U.S. could make you subject to removal and future bars from entering the U.S., even if you qualify later for a new U.S. visa through study, work, or marriage. Submit a Departure Form [link to form] to before leaving Norwich.
F-1 Students: 60-day grace period
If you wish to remain in the U.S. lawfully, you must do one of the following:
- Apply to the USCIS for a change of visa status before the end of your grace period
- Be accepted into a new degree-seeking program and receive a new I-20 before the end of your grace period
- Depart the U.S. before your grace period ends.
J-1 Students: 30-day grace period
If you wish to remain in the United States lawfully, you must do one of the following:
- Depart the United States before your grace period ends.
- Apply to the USCIS for a change of visa status before your grace period ends.
Travel after Graduation while on Optional Practical Training
If you plan to travel outside of the U.S. and then return for Optional Practical Training (OPT), we recommend you carry:
- Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Proof of employment (letter from your employer) or if you are not yet employed, have proof that you are actively seeking employment (proof of resumes sent, rejection notices from companies, and so on.) If you do not have a job, you may not be permitted to reenter the United States
- I-20 signed for travel
- Passport valid at least six months into the future
- Valid student visa