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Traveling Over School Breaks

If you decide to travel during school breaks or over the summer, you must first inform your International Student Representative at Macomb.  It is very important that your International Student Representative endorses your I-20 for travel before you leave the country.

Although unlikely, it is never guaranteed that U.S. Customs and Border agents will allow you to reenter the country.  Traveling with the proper documents is the only way to avoid any problems at the border. If you have applied for a change of status, we advise that you not travel until your change is approved.

Before you travel, ask yourself the following questions about your documents:

Signed I-20:

  • Do I have my most recent Macomb I-20, endorsed and dated?

--Make an appointment with an International Student Representative to have your I-20 endorsed for travel. 

Visa & Passport:

  • Does my visa reflect my current school and status?

--Bring supporting documents to prove your status and current school.  For example:  I-797 approval or SEVIS receipt, Macomb admission/transfer letter, I-20 from school listed on visa.

  • Is my passport within six months of expiring or expired?

--Have your passport renewed at the closest embassy before you leave or renew while you are back in your home country.  Your passport must be valid for reentry.

Financial Support and Paid Tuition Statements:

  • Can I prove that I have a financial sponsor?

--Bring a copy of your I-134 form and supporting bank statement.

  • Can I prove that I’m a dedicated student and that I can pay my tuition?

--Bring a copy of your paid tuition and/or registration statement for the next semester.

Take these documents with you on your carry-on, but do not show the U.S. Customs and Border agents any papers unless they ask for something specific.  Always remain calm and answer only what is asked of you—ask for clarification if you do not understand a question.  Failure to have all the required documents and follow proper border protocol could jeopardize your reentry into the U.S.  Remember to download a new I-94 card 10-14 business days after your return to the United States.

If you travel during a holiday season, please be prepared for delays at U.S. Customs.