Cherry Blossoms


Inside the USA

We recommend carrying the following documents:

  • Government-issued photo ID (drivers license or California ID card or passport) must be current (not expired).
  • Using drivers license?  Carry a photocopy of your passport photo page and your F-1 visa.
  • Copy of your current I-20.


Outside the USA

You must get a travel signature from our office BEFORE you leave the USA. Without the proper signature, you may not be able to re-enter the USA.

  • Signature must be less than 6 months old.
  • Bring your I-20 to the office 3 weeks before you travel.


Carry these documents


  • I-20 with current travel signature.
  • Passport (valid 6 months in the future).
  • Current F-1 visa in your passport (must be valid when you return to the USA).
  • Copy of your Foothill transcript (Unofficial transcript OK).

Traveling to Canada or Mexico?

You may need a visa or tourist card to visit these countries.



Expired Visa

  • You must receive a new F-1 visa in your home country before you return to the USA.
  • Schedule the visa appointment date to be as soon as possible after you arrive in your country.
  • Review the visa requirements for your country.
  • Many students must be fingerprinted before their visa appointment.
  • Bring your financial documents and an official Foothill transcript to the visa appointment.
  • Plan to renew your visa during summer or winter break, to allow enough time for your visa to be processed.
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International Student Programs Office


Administration Building 1900 Room 1933

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