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Changes to the travel endorsement process for F-1 international students

Dear F-1 students,
 
Effective immediately, the IPSO Travel Endorsement process for F-1 students will change. 
 
The changes:
  • Travel endorsement will be provided annually.
  • The original signed travel letter from the appropriate office is no longer required. 
You are encouraged to print a copy of your unofficial Augusta University transcript from Pounce as proof of your enrollment in a full course of study for at least 2 semesters (9 months) during each academic year. If this is your first semester as an F-1 student, you should show enrollment for the current semester. In addition, you are encouraged to carry a copy of your SEVIS Form I-901 FMJ fee payment receipt and the other documents listed on the F-1 Students webpage in the TRAVEL section.
 
As stated in the Augusta University Student Attendance Policy, you are expected to attend classes from the first day of each semester through the end of each semester for which you are enrolled.   
 
You will not need to meet with your F Program Designated School Official (DSO), Beverly Tarver, for travel endorsement if:
  • Your most recent Form I-20, page 2, is endorsed for travel within the last year; and
  • You will return and request reentry to the U.S. before the one-year anniversary date of the endorsement. 
 You will need to meet with Beverly Tarver for travel endorsement if:
  • Your most recent Form I-20 is not endorsed for travel on page 2; or
  • Your most recent Form I-20 has a travel endorsement and you will return and request reentry to the U.S. on or after the one-year anniversary date of the endorsement. 
 As of today, Ms. Tarver will be available to provide travel endorsement signatures during the following times:
TRAVEL SIGNATURE WALK-IN TIMES
 
Travel signature times at Christenberry Field House
Dates:
Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7, 2019
Times: Noon to 4 p.m. on both days 
Location: Suite 214, Christenberry Field House on the Forest Hills Campus
(The GPS address is 3109 Wrightsboro Rd.)
 
Travel signature times at IPSO
Date:
Thursday, December 5, 2019 (Fall Semester Reading Day)
Times: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: IPSO Suite, Room 2013 Kelly Administration Building on the Health Sciences Campus
(The GPS address is 1459 Laney Walker Blvd.)
If you cannot come to an appointment during these times, please request an appointment. List the times that you are available in the “Other” section of the appointment request form. 
 
For additional information see Traveling as an International Student.
 
Regards,

Beverly Myers Tarver, MPA
F Academic Student Program Principal Designated School Official
Senior Coordinator of International Services
International and Postdoctoral Services Office
AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY
1120 Fifteenth Street, AA-2013 (mailing address)      
1459 Laney-Walker Boulevard (GPS/physical address)
Augusta, GA 30912
 
t: 706-721-0670    f: 706-721-9304     augusta.edu/ipso
 
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