Advice For International Students
Hawaii Pacific University Student Newspaper
An open letter from Ann Newton,
Director, International Student Services
Many of you may have made plans or are
in the process of making plans to return home or travel outside the
United States during the upcoming winter break. In light of
recent events, we would like to share traveling tips in order to
assure your re-entry when you return Hawaii.
First of all, here is a list of
required documents for reentry into the United States:
A passport valid for at least six (6) months into the future.
A valid visa (If you need to apply for a new visa to reenter the
united States, the International Student Services office will issue a
new I-20 for the purpose of visa reissue.)
A current Form I-20 or IAP-66 with a reentry signature from a
Designated School Official, within the past 12 months. (You may obtain
the signature at International Student Services.)
All previous Forms I-20 or IAP-66.
If you are on Optional Practical
Training (OPT) you will also need a valid Employment Authorization
Card, a current I-20 with a reentry signature within the last six
months and a letter from your employer stating that you are expected
to return for your practical training.
The above-mentioned documents have
always been required. However, we also suggest that you take the
following documents with you:
Unofficial transcript from Campus Pipeline or the Registrar's Office.
Proof of course registration for the spring 2002 semester at HPU.
In case you are asked, be prepared to
discuss your educational goals in the United States, your intent to
return to your home country, and your plans once you do return home.
Expect to have time delays, opened
luggage, restrictions on carry-on baggage, and additional questions
from personnel at any embassy, consulate, and port of entry you visit.
When packing, be smart. Items
such as nail clippers, wrapped gifts for family and friends at home,
and electronic equipment may cause closer inspection of your luggage
and longer delays for you. Have patience, since these
precautions are for everyone's safety.
We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip,
and we look forward to seeing you upon your return to Hawaii Pacific