As a student, you have to be aware of the different requirements and necessities that are needed before you go overseas. Below are the important things to know in preparation for your international travel.
Step 1 – Plan
You have to start somewhere and that somewhere starts with planning. You must have a clear view of your purpose for travelling abroad otherwise your senses will be lost and therefore you’ll end up spending a lot of money. You must plan ahead and not be too excited of your travel. Think in advance of the things that you need in order to assemble your trip. Through planning you will not be pressured and stressed while cramming for the very last minute.
Step 2 – Prepare your documents
You have to make sure that you bring all your original documents provided with copies of all of it. Have your original passport wherein your I-94 card and visa is included. So that when you are about to be checked by any government personnel such as the immigration officers or the police, you have an evidence of your official documents and be immune with illegalities. Your passport must show complete details of yourself including birth date, recent picture, expiration date, and passport number. Remember to always provide copies of your documents just in case it gets lost.
Step 3 – Check the validity of your:
• Passport – you have to check if your passport is still valid otherwise you must renew it. You can do this by looking at the expiration date. For smooth traveling, your passport must be at least 6 months valid. If you have to renew it, you can go to your country’s consulate.
• I-20 – Does your I-20 have signatures from important people? If they do, make sure that they haven’t expired yet for these signatures lasts for a year only. If you don’t have that signature yet, you can proceed to the office of the International Programs to have it signed. For those students who don’t have a signature under this category will not be allowed to enter the United States after being absent temporarily.
• United States Visa- the visa stamp that is found inside your passport has an expiration date. Check for its validity by verifying for its multiple entries being used up or not.
Step 4 – Securing a Foreign Visa
If you wish to visit another country that is not included in your vicinity’s territory, you have to secure a foreign visitor’s visa. You can access websites in order to know how to apply for such requests. For these, make sure that you take note of the different requirements and needed documents, know the cost or fee and ask for the duration of applying for a visa. These queries will give you a better idea on what to do and how to do it.
Step 5 – Departure Card
Before leaving the United States, you will be asked to surrender your departure card or what is more commonly known as the I-94 card. Don’t worry; you will receive another I-94 card when you come back to the America.
Step 6 – Insurance
Traveling abroad entails different kinds of unpredicted problems which may lead to severity. In cases like these proper preparation when traveling overseas requires you to bring your insurance card just for insurance purposes.