Traveling? Know Your Forms!

With holidays and Winter Break right around the corner, now is a good time to refresh everyone’s memory on all of the paperwork we require to ensure our international students have a safe trip!

Any international student planning to travel with or without their host family must follow the SPP Travel Procedures. International students may only travel independently by air, and must be accompanied by a relative or adult who is at least 25 years old.

If a student is planning to travel outside the U.S., they should first talk to the Admissions Office regarding any visa forms that need to be signed in order to re-enter the U.S. Students must abide by visa restrictions of the country they plan to visit.

Forms are due 2-4 weeks before the start of a trip.

Here is a summary of the forms needed for various types of travel:

FORMS REQUIRED MUST BE SUBMITTED TWO WEEKS BEFORE TRAVEL DATE Travel Proposal Form Host Family Permission Form (on proposal form) Natural Parent Release Independent Party Receiving Form I-20 must be signed for re-entry to the  U.S.
Travel with a Host Parent yes
Overnight travel with an adult other than the Host Parent yes yes yes yes
Independent travel to meet a third party (relative) yes yes yes yes
Travel outside the U.S. with a Host Parent/Family. yes yes yes
Travel outside the U.S. with a

non-Host Parent adult.

yes yes yes yes yes
Holiday travel to home country yes yes yes yes
Overnight travel in U.S. with Natural Parents yes yes yes
Traveling with Natural Parents outside of U.S. yes yes yes yes

Find these forms and more on the St. Paul Prep website.

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Does Travel Make You More Employable?

Could traveling internationally before starting your job hunt help you land your dream job? Travel Expert and founder of World Travel List, Nicolas Kontis, says absolutely in his recent article with The Huffington Post. After taking a backpacking trip around the world Kontis arrived back in the states and started his own travel agency. After becoming his own boss he sought to hire other individuals who had world travel experience as well. Why?

  1. You become more sociable and adaptable while traveling. “It turns every introvert into an extrovert,” states Kontis.
  2. You learn to think on your toes and interact with a array of individuals from different backgrounds.
  3. Travel helps make you a well rounded person.
  4. Lastly, traveling makes you more open minded and tolerant.

Just another reason to pack your suitcases. With so many travel opportunities for young adults (study abroad programs, mission trips, exchange programs) it has never been easier to get an international traveler status that could make you a front runner in the business world.

Carpe Diem indeed!

To view Nicolas Kontis’s full article click here.