Problems While Travelling

Q:  I left the United States and my visa document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) has an expired travel signature, i.e.,  one that will be more than 12 months old at the time of my reentry to the United States.  What should I do?


A:  The immigration officials have the discretion to readmit you for up to 30 days when you go through customs at the airport. You will be given the Form I-515A that has a 30-day admission period. It is very important that you report to the HIO immediately after you are back at Harvard. The HIO will give you instructions on correcting the I-515A to extend your permission to remain in the United States.  It is essential that you submit your documents to an office in Washington, DC before the 30 days expire in order to maintain valid immigration status in the U.S.  Please contact your HIO advisor with any questions.


Q:  I left the United States and forgot to take my visa document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) with me.  Can the HIO send me a new visa document?
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Q:  I left the United States and my visa document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) was lost or stolen.  Can the HIO send me a new visa document?


A:  The HIO can send you a new visa document if there is time.  We can FedEx the visa document to you if you provide us with a FedEx shipping label via eShipGlobal, a company that provides shipping services to students at a rate that is deeply discounted. We recommend that you use FedEx, since they have the best service from our building. Click here to sign up for the service.

Once you have set up your FedEx shipping label, please email your HIO advisor so s/he may use the label to mail you the visa document. In the eShipGlobal site, please be sure to select Darryl Zeigler's name as the contact (except for Harvard College students who should select Tana Ruegamer as the contact). You will receive a confirmation back from eShipGlobal once we activate the label, and you can obtain the tracking information directly from their website.

If there is not enough time for us to Fedex a new visa document to you, the immigration officials have the discretion to readmit you for up to 30 days when you go through customs at the airport. You will be given the Form I-515A that has a 30-day admission period. It is very important that you report to the HIO immediately after you are back at Harvard. The HIO will give you instructions on correcting the I-515A to extend your permission to remain in the United States.  It is essential that you submit your documents to an office in Washington, DC before the 30 days expire in order to maintain valid immigration status in the U.S.  Please contact your HIO advisor with any questions.