Arrival in the U.S., Travel and Re-Entry

New Student Arrivals

Upon arrival in New York City, new international students must contact the Office of International Students as soon as possible so that the office can record their immigration documents and verify status.

Travel and Re-Entry

Before Leaving the United States

Contact the Office of International Students where we will check documentation for reentry eligibility. You will need to submit your passport and Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for F-1 status, Form DS-2019 for J-1 status). This process needs to be followed even when it may appear that all documentation – including entry visa and reentry validation signature – appears to be up-to-date.

If you will need a new entry visa to reenter the U.S. following your trip, contact the Office of International Students one to two months before your planned departure from the U.S., and an international student counselor will advise you on the process.

Upon Returning to the United States

Contact the Office of International Students and submit following documentation:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • passport showing the reentry date stamp
  • entry visa
  • Admission Record-Form I-94 (Instructions for downloading the I-94 are available from US Customs and Border Protection.)

You may also send copies of the passport entry stamp and I-94 to the office of International Students via email to  intstu@gc.cuny.edu.