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Travel to Clarkson University

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Clarkson University is located in a small town in upstate New York. This is miles away from the big city of New York (NYC). Therefore, the best way to get to Potsdam, NY is to fly to Syracuse, NY. From Syracuse you can take a bus to Potsdam. The trip is about 3 hours and they can drop you off on-campus (Cheel Campus Center) or in downtown Potsdam (Depot Street). Please notify the driver when you get on the bus if you wish to be dropped off on campus.

Adirondack Trailways  - contact for current schedule and student fare information.

From Syracuse – the bus leaves from the taxi stand at Syracuse Airport and will arrive either on-campus (Cheel Campus Center) or downtown Potsdam (Depot Street).

Travel in General

Those here in F1 or J1 status can travel in and outside the U.S. freely – however – you may need a visa to enter other countries. Please be sure to check with the embassy of the country you wish to visit for their entry requirements. You are strongly encouraged to carry your Form I-20/DS-2019 while you are traveling in or outside the U.S.

Documents needed to re-enter the U.S.

  • Passport – must not be expired and have a validity of at least 6-months into the future

  • Valid U.S. Visa for your current status

    • Exception: Automatic Visa Revalidation – in some cases person in F/J visa status may re-enter the U.S. with an expired visa. This is called automatic visa revalidation and is not available to all nonimmigrants.

      • You may enter the U.S. and automatically revalidate your visa if:

        • Your travel was to a contiguous country (Canada – Mexico – or – the Carribean) and your stay was less than 30 days. (without travelling to another country)

        • You have a valid I-20/DS-2019 with a valid signature for travel

        • You have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months into the future

        • You have an expired F/J visa

        • You did not apply to renew your F/J visa status

        • You are not a citizen of Cuba, Iran, Syria, Sudan

  • Valid I-20/DS-2019 – please be sure to check the travel signature on your document.

    • Travel signatures are valid for 1-year and can be found on page 2 of your I-20 or page 1 of your DS-2019

    • You are strongly encouraged to stop by ISSS for an updated signature every six months

    • Transferring to a new school will require that you have your new school’s ‘transfer pending’ I-20/DS-2019.

  • Proof of SEVIS fee payment – this was paid when you first applied for your F1/J1 visa. You should carry proof that this has been paid.

If you encounter problems at the border – don’t panic. Contact the International Center at 315-268-3724 during normal business hours (8-4:30). After hours, please contact campus safety at 315-268-6666 and they will contact someone from ISSS.


Special Note to those on Post-Completion & STEM OPT -  

Generally speaking you are free to travel while on OPT and even renew your visa if you have a job to return to or training to engage in. Caution should be exercised if you are travelling out of the U.S. and you do not have a job – especially if you are nearing or exceeding your 90/150-day unemployment limit. In practice – consular & port of entry officials have discretionary authority and have allowed entry to students on OPT who meet the documentation requirements for admission to the U.S.


The I-94 Record (arrival/departure card)

All entries to the U.S. will create an arrival record and you will be issued an ‘admission number’ or ‘I-94’. This document/number is very important as it contains your admission number – visa type – date of arrival – and – the duration you are allowed to stay. When you enter the country through an airport – this will be an electronic number, when travelling through a land border this will be a small white card stapled in your passport.

Note – since your I-94 tracks your arrivals and departures from the U.S.  – each time you leave the U.S. your electronic record will show your departure  and you will receive a new electronic record upon each entry.