Travel Signatures and Passport Renewal (F and J Students)
Length of Validity of Your Travel Signature
A travel signature on page 2 of your I-20 is valid for 12 months or until the program end date on the I-20, whichever comes first.
A travel signature on page 2 of your I-20 is valid for 6 months or until the expiration date of the EAD, whichever comes first.
A travel signature on page one on your DS-2019 is valid for 12 months or until the end date on your DS-2019, whichever is earlier.
How to Obtain a Travel Signature at Columbia
If you're currently at Columbia, come to us a few weeks before you travel (during walk-in hours) with:
How to Obtain a Travel Signature If You Can't Come In Person
If you can’t come in person, it is easier for us to print a new I-20 or DS-2019 for you with an updated signature. You should keep all copies of your I-20s/DS-2019s but travel with the most recently issued one.
Gather your documents
- Cover sheet
- Add your name and UNI
- Most recent I-94 arrival/departure record
- If you are currently in the U.S.
- EAD card
- If you are currently on F-1 OPT
- UEMS (University Express Mail Services) order number (if you want FedEx Shipping within the U.S. or internationally). Write your U.S. address if you want it sent by regular first class mail).
- If you prefer to have it sent by FedEx, domestically or internationally, please follow these directions for UEMS shipping and provide your order number
Email your documents
Send us your supporting documents as one single pdf:
What To Do If You Have a Problem Accessing Your I-94 Record
Are you having a problem retrieving your I-94 arrival record online? You may call the immigration office at either JFK or Newark airport (regardless of where you arrived) to speak with an inspector. They can usually locate the record and make a correction to your record, if needed, while you're on the phone, so you can access and print the record.
- JFK Airport
- (718) 553-3683 or 718 553- 3684
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Newark Airport
- (973) 565-8000
Monday to Friday, 8-11 a.m.
How to Renew Your Passport
In general, your passport should be kept unexpired for at least 6 months into the future at all times-- and 6 months from the date you will enter the United States. If, however, your country of citizenship is on this list, you may enter the U.S. using your passport until its actual expiration date.