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All the information on your I-20 must be correct and up to date at all times. You must notify ISS if any of the information on your I-20 changes, such as your major, source of funding, level of study, etc.
If you graduate before the program end date indicated on your I-20, you are considered to have completed your program of study and your I-20 is no longer valid. Students who have completed their program of study have a 60-day grace period in which to leave the U.S., transfer to another U.S. school, apply for Optional Practical Training work permission, or change to another immigration status.
I-20 DOs and DON'Ts
Keep all of your I-20s.
Check to make sure the travel signature on page 2 is valid before leaving the U.S.
**Signed within 12 months of re-entry
**Signed within 6 months for students engaged in Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Contact ISS any time you have made a change to your situation (change of major, finances, etc.). You will need an updated I-20.
Give ISS copies of any new government documents you receive (passport, visa, etc.)
Lose your I-20s.
Travel outside the U.S. without an up-to-date travel signature.
Wait until the last minute to request new documents or resolve problems.
You will be responsible for arranging express mailing of replacement I-20s. The average charge for sending overseas by Federal Express is $60-$100.
Document processing takes time. Please plan ahead as much as possible.
Designated School Officials (DSO) are the only people who can sign your I-20. Your I-20 form can be endorsed by the following staff members:
Anna Gilmore, International Student Advisor
237 Kirby Student Center
Susana Pelayo Woodward, Director, Office of Cultural Diversity
233 Kirby Student Center