As you get ready to leave campus and the U.S. for the summer, please come to the HIO to get a new travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. The HIO travel signature must be less than 12 months old at the time of your reentry to the U.S. You may come to the HIO with your I-20 or DS-2019 and your passport during our office hours and get a travel signature. No appointment is needed. For information on required documents for reentry to the U.S. click here.
The HIO will be closed from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on May 30th for Commencement Events. We will reopen at 2:00 pm.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new rule in the Federal Register on May 23, 2019 which will increase the SEVIS fee for both F-1 and J-1 visa holders effective June 24, 2019. As of that date, the SEVIS fee for F-1 visa holders will increase from $200 to $350 and for J-1 visa holders from $180 to $220. You will pay the current fee as long as you pay it BEFORE June 24, 2019 even if your program starts AFTER June 24, 2019. The SEVIS fee is a one-time fee paid prior to beginning a new program and must be paid before scheduling your visa appointment in a U.S. embassy or consulate. You must print out the SEVIS fee receipt to bring to your visa interview and for entry to the U.S.
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